In a last ditch effort to resolve the ASUU strike, President Goodluck Jonathan will on Monday, November 4, meet with the leadership of ASUU at the Presidential Villa.
This was part of the resolutions of the
meeting between the ASUU leadership, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the
Supervising Minister of Education on Tuesday as was first reported by
An official of the Vice President's office who pleaded
anonymity said that all hands are now on deck to ensure that the
universities resume next week.
The official stated that the Vice
President and the Supervising Minister of Education have made head-way
in resolving the strike, but the final involvement of the President is
to show ASUU that there is the commitment of the Federal Government at
the highest level.
It was learnt that the President has been fully
briefed on steps taken by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the
Supervising Minister of Education to get to this point and he will at
next Monday's meeting present to the ASUU leadership the
administration's last concession for them to call off the prolonged
A source at the Presidential Villa noted that if ASUU fails
to call off, the Federal Government will then resort to plan B, which
will be to compulsorily open the universities, using the instrumentality
of the governing councils and the school managements.
of the governing councils of the universities have started meeting to
work out modalities for the compulsory re-opening of the universities
should ASUU fail to honour the personal request of President Jonathan.
to report, the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike and
the Vice Chancellors of Public Universities also discussed the
re-opening of the schools last Monday. Most of the Vice Chancellors
suggested the compulsory re-opening of the schools, should the last
ditch efforts fail.
It was gathered that security report available to
the Presidency may have necessitated this line of action to salvage the
universities system from the direction it is facing at present.