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Niger education crisis: President Issoufou meets with teachers’ union

APA-Niamey (Niger)

Nigerien president Issoufou Mahamadou met Saturday with the steering committee of the Teachers’ Union (USN), to find a lasting solution to the demands of the teachers, on strike since 10 April.

One student was killed in the demonstrations violently suppressed by the security forces.

At the end of the meeting attended by Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, USN secretary general Soumana Sambo declared that the problems that triggered the strike will be addressed in the coming days, with the setting up of an inter-ministerial committee headed by the PM.

President Issoufou gave firm instructions for the reopening of the university campuses of Niamey and Maradi.

“Our comrades currently detained will be released in the coming days. We must, however, let the judicial authorities do their work to determine the circumstances that led to events.

On Monday 10 April, Nigerien students took to the streets to press for better living and study conditions, as well as the payment of several months’ allowances.

The demonstration was violently suppressed by the security forces, after violent clashes and the arrest of more than 313 students with several dozen injured and one dead.

The meeting between the head of state and USN delegates was held the day following the release of 83 students, earlier accused of participation in an illegal demonstration.


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