ASUU's Decision To Go On Strike Surprising – Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that he is surprised by the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to embark on a one-month strike which began on Monday. 

He stated this on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The minister, who cleared the government of any fault over failure to reach a truce after several negotiations between ASUU and the Federal Government, said the decision of the university lecturers came abruptly amidst ongoing meetings.

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According to him, ‘ASUU, unfortunately, they have gone on strike and I am looking for them because all the issues are being addressed. The last thing that happened was that our committee looked at their demands but there are renegotiations going on. They submitted a draft agreement which the ministry is looking at.’

Adamu, while speaking on ASUU’s draft agreement, said, ‘A committee is looking at it. Immediately it finishes, the government is meant to announce what it had accepted. Then suddenly, I heard them going on strike.’

The minister, while commenting on allegations from ASUU about his absence from meetings, said ‘ASUU will never say that. I always call the meeting myself. The meetings I didn’t attend were those that happened when I was in hospital in Germany.

‘We want a peaceful resolution. The federal government is ready to meet them on all issues they have raised and if there are so many meetings and the gap is not closing, then I think it’s not the fault of the government.

‘There is a solution to this. The negotiations are the solution and that is why I have said that I am surprised that ASUU has gone on strike.’

Asked if the government can reach an agreement with ASUU before the end of the 30-day strike, he said, ‘I can’t give you time. I am ready to reach an agreement with ASUU now but since I’m not the only one, I can’t give you time but certainly, we are going to reach an agreement very soon.’

Africa Today News, New York had earlier reported that ASUU has announced her decision to go on a one month warning strike to press home her demands to the federal Government.

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK

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