By Dare Lawal
After five months of industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it seems that normalcy would soon be restored.
The FG and the lecturers’ union signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday in Abuja.
This follows the withdrawal of the ultimatum given to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and the confirmation of payment of N200bn by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
ASUU’s democratic structure might however require that the union executive calls another meeting of its National Executive meeting, NEC, to present the MOU before the strike is called off.
After the meeting with the union, the minister of education, Nyesom Wike released a statement saying, “I am very pleased to announce that all contending issues between ASUU and the Federal Government have been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties. Let me emphasize that we recognize and appreciate ASUU’s patriotic role and commitment towards ensuring that our Universities are well-funded, resourced and run like their counterpart in other parts of the world. Thus, we are all partners in progress and there is no victor; no vanquished in the struggle of this nature for as long as our goals remain noble, not actuated by parochial interests, and targeted at moving our nation forward”.
Wike also assured that Jonathan’s administration is serious about revitalizing all universities and will continue to fund them as a matter of priority.