The federal government yesterday said it was withdrawing the ultimatum given to striking university lecturers to resume or be sacked following appeals from well-meaning Nigerians and substantial compliance with the directive by some members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, disclosed this to journalists in Abuja during a press conference yesterday.
According to Okupe, the concern of the federal government was how to resolve the six-month old crisis in a peaceful manner in the overall interest of all concerned.
He said, “Right now, the issue of ultimatum is not a matter for discussion anymore. There has been substantial compliance nationwide. If I said you must return to work on the 9th and 70% of the people I was talking to have returned to work, that is substantial compliance.”
Okupe also showed journalists the letter signed by the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tunde Lemo and addressed to the Accountant General of the Federation, confirming that N200billion was in the account as demanded by ASUU.