THE seven week old strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will be over next week, Education Minister, Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai, has assured.

Ruqqayatu told newsmen yesterday in Abuja, at the meeting with vice-chancellors of federal universities that a meeting to bring the strike to an end had been brokered on Monday, with the executive of ASUU.

The union began a nationwide strike on December 4, 2011 to press home the implementation of agreement signed with the Federal Government in 2009.

The minister said with the pegging of the retirement age of university dons at 70 and the passage of the bill into law by the National Assembly, there was hope that after the meeting, no other issue would allow the strike to linger.

She said the Federal Government was concerned over the strike, adding that series of meetings, even with President Goodluck Jonathan, but mostly presided over by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Ayim Pius Ayim, had yielded fruitful results.

At the meeting with vice-chancellors, the minister warned against proliferation of honorary doctorate degrees in the university system, saying that the practice had tarnished the image of the nation’s universities.

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Promises, promises and promises.  It is no longer a cheering news.  ASUU should consider the interest of Nigerian students and their parents.  The body is simply overdoing things.


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