Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, says some of the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which resulted in its recent suspended industrial action were motivated by the need to ensure a robust educational system in the country.
The minister commended the union for calling-off its three-month old strike and expressed hope that the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) will follow similar path.
Adamu, who gave the commendation while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Friday, said the Federal Government would soon put in place a mechanism that will make strike unattractive.
His words: “I am happy to announce that ASUU has called off its strike. ASUP hopefully will announce their own later this day. The ministry has put in place something that will make strike a thing of the past. We hope when we succeed there will not going to be strike, at least in our own tenure here.
“I want to commend everybody involved in the negotiations. Despite my anger and anxiety with ASUU, I must also commend their patriotism and public spiritedness because the last stage, at least, should have been called off last month or even more than a month ago, but they insisted on something that is not their personal interest, I think it is for the education system they are struggling for. I will like to thank everybody.”
The AUTHORITY reports that ASUU, which is the umbrella body of academic staff members of public universities in the country, on Thursday suspended its three-month strike after a successful negotiation with the Federal Government.