The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN has urged Nigerian parents and students to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the prolonged strike stating that the government cannot meet up with the financial demand of the union.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG recalls that federal government owned universities lecturers have been on strike since Monday, February 14, 2022.
The strike was prompted after the government’s failure to meet up with some of the demands made by the union such as the release of the revitalisation funds for universities, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers, renegotiation of the ASUU-Federal Government 2009 agreement among others.
Responding to the development, Keyamo, in an interview on Channels asked parents and students to beg ASUU to call off the strike.
Keyamo said the government had done its best and appealed to parents to “beg” ASUU.
In his words: “The moment they went on strike, we intervened, what is the manner again beyond that ? Even before the strike began, we called them to a meeting, what manner is more than that? It’s not like we left them to go on strike first and we were sleeping, as the talk started, they still went on strike.
“You can not allow one sector of the economy to hold you down and then blackmail you to go and borrow N1.2 trillion and our total income is around N6.1 trillion and we have roads to build, health centres and other sectors to take care of.
“I will tell the parents, everybody to go and beg ASUU like the President said the other time, those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation can not ground to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU”.