ASUU: FG Talks Tough, Says It Won’t Negotiate Under Duress

The Federal Government has insisted it will not negotiate and enter into any form of agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) under pressure.

Recall that ASUU embarked on a one-month warning strike over the inability of the government to fulfill promises and agreements reached with the union.

However, the spokesman of the Education Ministry, Ben Goong, in an interview with The Punch on Sunday, called on ASUU to call off its strike “so that we will not have gunpoint negotiations and make promises that we will not be able to fulfil.”

Goong stated, “The government has done something tangible. Even The PUNCH has been reporting some of the things that the government did to avert this strike. If I were ASUU, I would call off the strike and that is what we are telling ASUU to do. Call off the strike so that nobody will be negotiating out of duress. If you continue the strike, we will have agreements at gunpoint with you.

“If they stay on the strike, in a desperate attempt to make sure that the universities are re-opened, we will make agreements under duress. We are not in a state of war that you must be on strike before you negotiate. You say it is a warning strike and the government has begun the implementation of agreements, it is only normal that you call off your strike, but it is as if they have that mindset of a strike.”

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