Indications have emerged that the Federal Government may seek the help of past Presidents/Heads of States, Governors, traditional rulers and serving Senators to intervene in its current feud with the adamant Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Mr. Nyesom Wike, the supervisory Minister of Education,stated this on Wednesday in Abuja during a palliative meeting with the President of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Michael Olukoya; and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu.
The President Of the NUT had suggested that following the inability of the committees earlier initaited to resolve the feud, the Federal Government should seek the intervention of past presidents, governors, traditional rulers and serving senators. Olukoya also said that the NUT still stood its ground to support ASUU over the university teachers’ demand, unless directed otherwise by the union’s National Executive Council.
He said, “With the way this strike has lingered on for three months, we believe government should explore all modalities to end it. Government should invite past heads of states, speakers, senators, Ministers of Labour and Education and every other stakeholder in the sector to resolve this ugly situation.
“Call powerful voices like traditional leaders to intervene in this strike because our concern as teachers is that as these undergraduates stay at home, they are prone to negative vices and in turn these are the same people that would lead the society in future.”