FG agrees to not fulfilling promises made to ASUU
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has announced that, the Federal Government had realised it has failed to fulfill the agreement it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities last year, which led to the ongoing industrial action called by the union.
He said the government was not pleased with ASUU for embarking on the strike without giving an adequate notice.
Adamu made this known while briefing State House correspondents, after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
He believes that at the meeting with the leaders of the union late today, an agreement would be reached and the strike would be called off.
Adamu said, “It is very sad that I am here and ASUU is on strike. Late last year, we had a meeting because ASUU gave one week notice of strike and we were able to work out an agreement.”
“I must confess that the government has not fulfilled its part of the bargain. Though we are unhappy that ASUU went on this strike without following due process by giving us notice, we realised that we promised something and we didn’t fulfil it.”
“I hope I will be meeting them today and I am sure we will be able to reach an agreement so that the strike will be called off as soon as possible.”
“I am sure you are aware of the issues. There is the issue of re-negotiation and we set up a re-negotiation team; negotiation is ongoing.”
“There is the issue of Earned Allowances and I think because of some communication gaps, what we promised could not be done; but I am assuring ASUU and the nation that this is going to be done.”
“There is the issue of registration for Nigerian Universities Pension Commission. I think there are a few issues that need to be sorted out with the Nigerian Pension Commission. There will be no problem.”
“On the issue of their staff school, the court has given them verdict to go ahead with it. They have requested that they should be allowed to stay off TSA and I think the government will not do this.”
The minister said he is still standing by a position he took before he became minister in which he described ASUU’s strike as a necessary tool to pressure the government to do the right thing.
He said, “If ASUU had not forced former President Goodluck Jonathan, he would not have created the Tertiary Education TrustFund “without which the university system would have collapsed.”
The minister said, “That is still my view. I believe ASUU is composed of patriotic and very responsible people.”
“If I can look at what their struggle is, they forced the then government to create TETFund and today, without TETFund, the university system would have collapsed.”
“I am not supporting ASUU but I am supporting what is good. If it is something bad, I will condemn it.”