Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has narrated how his government settled a four-month old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a day.
Jonathan recalled this on Wednesday in Abuja at the 70th birthday celebration of Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, organised by The Kukah Centre.
Nexus News recall that ASUU had on Monday, extended its six-month-old strike indefinitely, after the government’s failure to meet its needs.
Jonathan said: “The society we are managing is complex, now we are talking about ASUU strike, during my time too, ASUU had four months of strike, different committees were meeting and meeting and nothing was working.
“I said how can our children stay out of school for four months? So I had to call a meeting of all the leadership of ASUU. “I presided over the meeting with my vice president, the Attorney General was there.
“I said that that night we must solve the problem. The Attorney General was there, Secretary to the Government of the Federation was there, the ministers of education were there, the labour ministers were there, the finance ministers, everybody that has to do with it. “And I thought that my being there would help us to do things quickly.
“But we spent the whole night, before we finished it was like 5:30a.m, we concluded and the strike was called off, so there were issues”. He said.