ASUU STRIKE UPDATE: I am in Internal Turmoil – Education minister
Education Minister Adamu Adamu said on Tuesday that he was experiencing a dark period of personal distress and internal unrest as a result of a prolonged strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities.
This was announced Tuesday at a meeting with the vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors of the federal university at the National Universities Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.
“The last two weeks for me have been very dark periods of personal pain and inner upheaval. I used to deceive myself that it was my fate to end the ongoing strike in an atmosphere of frankness and mutual favour.
It turned out to be impossible, or at least not as fast and direct as I thought. “Dear Chairmen and Vice-Chancellors, I am not calling you today to tell you my anguish, but to share details of what we have done and what we have to do in the future. And, of course, much remains to be done. However, for very different reasons, the government and ASUU’s current positions on the future of negotiations appear to coincide.
“For me, this is the position I would like to achieve after all the issues included in the 2009 agreement are peacefully resolved. It looks like we’re ahead of the deal, but not for good reason. ASUU president said the coalition will no longer negotiate with the current federal government. “This position must be rejected. The government and ASUU have no choice but to keep negotiating until our universities open their doors to students who are the main victims of seemingly endless strikes. Therefore, under these circumstances, all committees and the Senate of our University are ordered to do their duty. “We need to work together to restore public universities to the state they were in the 60s and 70s. As the most important officers in our university system, Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors, must demonstrate more commitment to ending the ongoing strike.
“As Chairmen of Councils and Senates – the highest policy and academic bodies in the system – you must consider it your paramount duty to promote policies and actions that will discourage industrial disputes in our campuses. Government will continue to support the physical and academic development of its universities.
Government will continue to reasonably enhance the working conditions of all university staff, academic and non-teaching.
“The main challenge, as you are fully aware, is dwindling resources available to address all the concerns of the citizenry. Thank you for your support, understanding and sacrifice.”
ASUU went on strike on Monday, February 14, 2022 after unions called the government not being able to meet ongoing demands.
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