" ASUU Strike: FG ready to resolve outstanding issues with ASUU – Education Minister, Adamu Adamu

ASUU Strike: FG ready to resolve outstanding issues with ASUU – Education Minister, Adamu Adamu

 The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has declared that the Federal government is ready to resolve outstanding issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). 

The minister who made the statement while speaking to statehouse correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, February 16, said he was surprised that the union decided to embark on the industrial action while the federal government is still trying to resolve the issues they raised.

He said in his words; “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. 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. They submitted a draft agreement which the ministry is looking at. A committee is looking at it. Immediately it finishes, the government is meant to announce what it has accepted. Then suddenly, I heard them going on strike. We want a peaceful resolution.”

The minister further reacted to several accusations by ASUU, including claims that he has consistently shunned the negotiation meetings but sends representatives. According to the Minister, he has been the one summoning every meeting held and has equally been in attendance, except within the period he was away for medical treatment in Germany.

When asked if the government would reach an agreement with ASUU before the end of the 30-day strike, the minister said he doesn’t know.

“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.”he said.

This is coming after ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, on Monday declared a one-month warning strike, saying that the union tried to avoid the industrial action but the Federal government was unresponsive to its demands.

Meanwhile, the lecturers blamed their decision on the government’s inability to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with them in December 2020.

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