The minister of education, Adamu Adamu has told Nigerians not to be disappointed in the federal government over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
As reported by TheCable, the minister said the federal government has tabled its best offer to the union but has refused to oblige.
The minister stated this on Wednesday, September during a live telecast on Channels Television.
The union has been on strike since February 14, and it is currently approaching its seventh month since the commencement of the industrial action.
What FG offered ASUU
According to reports, the federal government says it is willing to pay a 23.5 percent salary increase for lecturers of all categories and a 35 percent increase for professors.
“The government has already made an offer. As the minister, I know that the offer the government made is probably the best it can make. You can’t do better than your best.”
While responding to questions on if he was aware that Nigerians were not happy and disappointed in the federal government over the lingering ASUU strike, Adamu said:
“If Nigerians are disappointed, I think they don’t have very good reasons to be disappointed with the government on this,” he said.
“Why should they be disappointed? Just tell me in your opinion. How is it the fault of the government and not that of the union?”
The minister maintained his stance that the federal government has played its part in the negotiation process, but ASUU is refusing to seek the path of reasoning with them.
“I directly met with ASUU leadership in my house” – Adamu
Meanwhile, Adamu said the government has maximized all available options to ensure that sticking ASUU returns to classrooms.
Adamu added that he has personally met with the leadership of ASUU anywhere and everywhere, including his house, his office, ASUU secretariat, and other places.
Adamu stated that the only disagreement between FG and ASUU now is the issue of no work, no pay and that he had promised that government would not break any law.
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