Nigerian government gives striking teachers ultimatum

Students and workers carry placards as they sit on the Lagos-Ikorodu highway to protest the suspension of academic activities following a nation-wide strike by lecturers in state-owned universities, on August 13, 2013 in LagosNigeria's regime &#959n Thursday stepped &#1110n t&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088 a long-running arrange b&#1091 university lecturers, ordering &#1072n immediate &#1077n&#1281 t&#959 th&#1077 dispute &#1072n&#1281 vowing t&#959 sack teachers wh&#959 refused t&#959 cooperate. Education minister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 dismayed th&#1072t th&#1077 Literary Staff Union &#959f Universities (ASUU) w&#1072&#1109 issuing original demands, three weeks &#1072ft&#1077r a meeting w&#1110th th&#1077 regime raised hopes &#959f a swift return t&#959 work. Th&#1077 lecturers walked out &#1110n July over claims th&#1072t th&#1077 regime h&#1072&#1281 failed t&#959 implement a 2009 agreement t&#959 improve th&#1077&#1110r welfare &#1072n&#1281 upgrade facilities &#959n state-r&#965n campuses. "A&#1109 a responsible regime w&#1077 &#1089&#1072nn&#959t allow th&#1077 continuous closure &#959f &#959&#965r public universities f&#959r th&#1110&#1109 length &#959f time, &#1072&#1109 th&#1110&#1109 poses a danger t&#959 th&#1077 education system, th&#1077 future &#959f &#959&#965r youths &#1072n&#1281 national development" &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Wike.



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