The federal government on Wednesday, appealed to primary and secondary school teachers under the aegis of not Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) to embark on strike in solidarity with striking university lecturers.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, the acting Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, made the plea during a meeting with the NUT leadership,held in Abuja.
Wike that 80 per cent of the striking lecturers demands had been met by Federal Government.He said the other unresolved issue was the N400 billion annual capital expenditure to universities demanded by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU .
“So, the purpose of this meeting is to tell you (NUT) how far we have gone because of the reports and the letter we got from the union that you are going on a solidarity strike with ASUU,’’ he said.
Mr. Wike also apologised to the NUT for his comments on Monday that the union had no business going on a solidarity strike with ASUU strike, saying he spoke “unofficially’’.
Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, also appealed to the NUT not to go on the proposed strike as it would only complicate issues.
In response to the government's plea, National President of NUT, Michael Olukoya, said teachers, under the umbrella of NUT were concerned with the lingering ASUU strike that was threatening the collapse of the education sector.
He urged both ASUU and the Federal Government to “put Nigeria first’’ in their negotiations and shun the idea of “buck passing’’.