ASUU strike: FG blames lecturers for continued closure of universities

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be over if the striking lecturers decide to go back to the classrooms the next day as the Federal Government has met almost all their demands.

This much was disclosed Tuesday night by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who was on Channels Television current affairs programme on “Politics Today”.

He argued that government had met almost all the demands of ASUU and wondered why they would  not go back to the lecture halls, adding that if the Union felt that there were some grey areas such would  be sorted out later.

Minister of state for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba

According to him, “ASUU can go back to work tomorrow (Wednesday) or the next day if they so wished. There is nothing wrong working and chewing gum.

“They can go back to work while discussions continue if they have any other issue. This government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been very sincere with ASUU and has agreed on everything ASUU is asking for.”

But the Minister made it categorically clear that it was a wrong approach by ASUU to continue with the nationwide strike and expected its members to continue to draw their salaries.

ASUU had since Monday, March 23, 2020 embarked on an indefinite strike, a situation which left students, parents and government frustrated in the midst of novel COVID-19 pandemic. (Channels TV/PNO)

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