The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said he is ready to reach an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike by striking university lecturers.
Adam stated, this while briefing reporters at the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. He noted that the Federal Government was addressing the issues the union raised., stressing that he was surprised the lecturers embarked on strike.
“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 government’s fault
Recall that ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, had on Monday announced it is embarking on a one-month warning strike. The industrial action he said follows the Federal Government inability to meet its demands.
The union also noted that the federal government failed to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with them in December 2020.
However, the minister of Education has stated that he is willing to reach an agreement with the union. He noted that there is always a solution to every problem.
“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,” he said.