ASUU Announces Date For Strike, FG Says Promises Made Under Duress

ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it would decide whether to go on strike or not following the end of its scheduled zonal conferences on December 15, 2021.

VANTAGE NEWS reports that the union began zonal conferences across universities in the country on Thursday, December 9.

It was gathered that the meetings would take place between December 9 and December 15 in Abuja, Nsukka, Ibadan, Yola, Benin, Akure, Lagos, Bauchi, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Sokoto and Kano.

The Federal Government and ASUU have been in disagreement over the inability of the former to fulfill promises made to the latter.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, on Thursday stated that the FG reached most of the agreement with ASUU under duress.

Speaking during a retreat organised by the governing council of the University of Abuja, Echono said, “I have heard so much about the fact that the government has failed to honour the agreements with ASUU. I have a different view about that because most of these agreements are imperfect.

“If somebody comes to my house and puts a gun to my head, I might agree to everything because those agreements are signed under duress. If you want to introduce obligations or responsibilities on their part, they will insist you cannot.”



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