Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has apologised to striking lecturers over the failure of the Ministry of Education to meet their demands.
AllNews Nigeria reports that lecturers of government-owned universities under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on strike in February due to the failure of the Federal Government in meeting their demands.
Adamu Adamu made this plea in a statement presented at a reconciliatory meeting organised by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The statement which was presented by the minister’s permanent secretary reads:
“We want to let you know that whatever sins the Ministry had committed before should be forgiven.
“We have repented and we will not sin anymore.
“We want you to see us as partners in progress.
“It is in that spirit of forgiveness of the just ended Ramadan fast that we feel that we fixed the meeting to discuss and resolve the issues.”
The Education Minister suggested the commencement of a new round of negotiations between the striking lecturers and the Federal Government.