Why It’s Difficult for FG to Honour Agreement With ASUU, Education Ministry Reveals

Why It’s Difficult for FG to Honour Agreement With ASUU, Education Ministry Reveals

  • The permanent secretary, ministry of education, Sonny Echono, has said that the agreements reached with ASUU by the federal government were made under duress
  • Echono says not much can be expected from the government since it does not have the capacity for many of the items agreed upon
  • ASUU would decide by December 15 on whether to go on strike once again or not to press home its demands from the federal government

FCT, Abuja - A major revelation has been made regarding agreements reached by the federal government with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in recent times.

Punch reports that the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono on Thursday revealed that most of the agreements reached with ASUU by the federal government were actually made under duress.

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Why it’s difficult for FG to honour agreement with ASUU – Sonny Echono
The Secretary of The MInisry of Education gives reasons why its difficult for the federal government to accede to ASUU's demands Photo credit: Abdulkhooliq Abdulkhooliq Source: Facebook .
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Legit.ng gathered that he noted that as such, not much could be expected from the federal government in terms of keeping up with what was agreed on at such times.

Echono gave this view during a retreat organised by the governing council of the University of Abuja.

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Recall that ASUU and the Federal Government have continuously been at loggerheads over the latter’s failure to meet its demands. The two have equally been engaged in quite a number of back and forth over the last few years.

Promises Were Made Under Duress

Speaking, Echono said that he has heard so much about the fact that the government has continuously failed to meet its side of the agreements reached with ASUU but noted that he has a different view on the entire scenario.

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According to him, most of the agreements were imperfect given that they were discussed and agreed upon under duress.

Citing an instance, he says if someone comes into his house and puts a gun to his head, he most probably will agree with everything he is asked to do or say but this does not necessarily mean he agrees with it.

ASUU To Decide On Options By December 15

Meanwhile, Punch reports that ASUU will be deciding on the optins before it as regards going on strike when its zonal conferences end on December 15.

According to a document sighted by The Punch, the meetings would take place between December 9 and 15 in Abuja, Ibadan, Nsukka, Yola, Benin, Akure, Lagos, Bauchi, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Sokoto and Kano.

Legit.ng earlier reported that ASUU once again threatend to shut down the nation's University system by embarking on another industrial strike.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that it had commenced consultation with its branches nationwide to get a nod to shut down public universities.

This followed the expiration of a three-week ultimatum the union handed over to the federal government to meet its demands.

Source: Legit.ng

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