Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped strong details regarding the way his administration tackled the ASUU strike At the 70th birthday celebration of Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, in Abuja on Wednesday, Jonathan said his administration tackled a four months old strike of ASUU in just one day.
This is coming days after which ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke urged the federal government to learn from Jonathan’s method in resolving the strike.
Jonathan made the disclosure on Wednesday, August 31st, in Abuja at the 70th birthday celebration of Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, organised by The Kukah Centre.
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, Second to the Government of the Federation was there, the ministers of education were there, the labor ministers was there, the finance ministers, everybody that has to do with it were there”.
“And I thought that my being there would help us to do things quickly. But we spent the whole night, before we finished on like 5:30am Before we concluded and the strike was called off, so there were issues.”
He noted that Bishop Kukah despite his friendship with leaders also bash them when he feel they were not doing some things right, including himself.