The Honourable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu at a press brief organized by the Presidential Communications Team, revealed that of all tertiary institution unions, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has refused to call off its almost seven months old strike. All other unions have accepted the federal government’s offer to call off their strikes next week.
The minister revealed that the reason for the stand by ASUU is the fact that the union has insisted that the FG pays the salaries for the strike period.
However, the federal government is bent on driving home the “no work, no pay” policy. He says it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that people do not get paid for undone work.
He further explained the steps the federal government has been taking to revitalize the education sector from the basic levels to the tertiary levels. He said, “The implementation of the sector’s blueprint is on course. In the last seven years, we have undertaken massive physical development of infrastructure, ICT development at all levels of our educational system, established new institutions, improved the carrying capacity of our institutions, and expanded access to quality education at all levels”.
He also stated that the government had spent a lot while trying to achieve the best for the education sector in Nigeria. The effect of COVID-19 on the sector was also mentioned and how the federal government did its best in managing the situation.
The Minister asserted that the government will keep doing everything possible on its part to ensure the growth of the education sector in Nigeria.
The minister advised affected students of the strike to charge ASUU to court for damages as the FG has no responsibility to recompense students.
In all, the Federal Government which was represented by Minister Adamu Adamu debunked all reports that the government was not doing its best in ensuring the strike is called off and also the revitalization of the sector.