ASUU Strike: Federal Government Cannot Meet Lecturers’ Demands – Presidency

 

Hopes of early shelving of the strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may have been dashed as the Presidency has said that the demands of University lecturers were unrealizable.

This was said by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who also described the strike as unnecessary.

Shehu spoke in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily yesterday.

According to him, the leaders of ASUU were aware of the fact that the current administration inherited the agreements based on which the industrial action was declared.

He said ASUU was also aware that the Federal Government had set up a committee on the matter.

Shehu gave an indication that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government might not be able to meet the huge financial obligation the striking lecturers were demanding since the N850bn debt was more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget, which he put at N369bn.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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