December 5, 2020

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Past government is responsible for persistent asuu strike – Adamu Adamu

Mr Adamu Adamu who is the current Minister of Education has blamed the past government for the frequent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that Nigerian Universities have been closed since March making it 8 months since it’s closure after ASUU declared an indefinite strike. The union’s president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced the strike at a press conference, said the strike is over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement. 

While replying to questions from guests at a Town Hall meeting in Bauchi state today Monday, November 2nd, the Minister of Education said that the problem that had resulted in frequent strikes by ASUU was that the previous administration sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would pay universities N1.3 trillion when it knew it cannot fulfill the promise.

“I do believe that while they were signing that agreement, they knew that it is not possible for them to implement it. There is just nowhere N1.3trn will come out from.

I think the basic problem between the ASUU side and the government side has been deciding on what to do about this N1.3 trillion. If a government appends its signature to an agreement, it is an agreement” he said

Speaking further, Adamu expressed regrets that the strike is still lingering but that he hopes that an agreement will soon be reached.

“We are not happy that our campuses are closed, we are not happy that the calendar of schools has been disrupted. But the fault is the government that signed to do what it knew it could not do. But I assure you that we are on the verge of reaching an agreement and very, very soon, we will reach an agreement with them.” Adamu said