Garba Shehu, the spokesperson for the president, has urged parents to implore the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their strike in order to reopen the country’s public universities.
Shehu criticized the current four-week strike extension and said that the administration was making an effort to comply with some of the lecturers’ demands.
Shehu claims that the president was fully committed to ending the ASUU strike when the industrial action was extended.
This was said by the presidential spokesman on Saturday in Abuja, outside of the 11th graduation ceremony of Glisten International Academy.
But he encouraged ASUU to give the Federal Government a chance to address the issues that sparked the strike.
It arrived like a lightning bolt, according to Shehu. Because it happened at a time when the president was pledging his complete support for ending the ASUU strike and bringing students and instructors back to the classroom, we are startled.
“The extension, in my opinion, should not have been done because the government is currently attempting to resolve ASUU’s issues in a way that calls for ASUU to grant the government the benefit of the doubt.
“The strike has been extended unnecessarily, and this should not have happened.
As the government is doing its part and parents are concerned, I want to suggest that they join the government in pleading with ASUU to halt this strike.
Shehu’s remarks come after Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said that ASUU’s demands were unreasonable.
Keyamo said that despite cash problems and the need to address other areas of the economy, the government cannot borrow money in order to pay the striking ASUU members.
All interested parties should urge ASUU to change their position in the spirit of national interest, according to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.