by Segun Odeleye
Following the threat by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) that it would embark on a solidarity strike in two weeks if the FG does not resolve its issues with ASUU, the supervising minister of education, Nyesom Wike, has scheduled a meeting with the union, to “to find out what their problem is with the ASUU strike”.
Wike stated this on Monday when he received members of the House of Reps committee on education who came on an oversight visit to the ministry.
The NUT after its executive meeting on September 26, stated through its president, Micheal Olukoya, that the ASUU strike was nationalistic, patriotic and a self sacrifice. He threatened that the NUT would not hesitate to go in solidarity with ASUU, if the Federal Government failed to honour the existing agreement reached with the union in 2009.
Wike said, “We just heard that the NUT is threatening to go on strike because of ASUU, and we are wondering what the ASUU strike has got to do with the NUT.
“When states failed to pay the minimum wage for teachers and they went on strike, ASUU did not join them. The NUT takes care of basic and secondary teachers’ interests, so it has no business with ASUU.
“I believe when we meet on Wednesday, we will sort it out.”