The 2023 general election All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council spokesperson and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has asked parents whose wards are in government-owned tertiary institutions to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the lingering strike.
Blueprint had reported that the academic union declared a nationwide strike on Monday, February 14, 2022.
Among the demands of the striking union are 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.
Several meetings between the striking lecturers and the Federal government has ended in deadlocks. Last week, President Buhari gave the Minister of Education to resolve the crisis within two weeks. The ultimatum ended on Thursday, August 4.
While speaking on Channels TV on Friday night, Keyamo said the government had done its best and appealed to parents to “beg” ASUU.
“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,” he said.