“FG can’t borrow To Pay Them,Beg ASUU to call off strike “.Keyamo tells parents.
Festus Keyamo the minister of state for Labour and Employment has called on all Nigerian parents to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to call off their long lingering strike.
Speaking on channels television’s politics today,keyamo stated that the government had done its best and appealed to parents whose wards are affected by the ongoing strike to beg ASUU.
” should we go and borrow to pay N1.2 trillion yearly? You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you by the jugular and blackmail you to go and borrow N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be about N6.1 trillion.And you have roads to build,health centres to build,other sectors to take care of.I will tell the parents,everybody to go and beg ASUU like the president previously stated.Those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation can not ground to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU.
The moment ASUU went on strike we intervaned,what is the manner again beyond that? The moment they declared the strike even when the strike began,we called them to a meeting,what manner is more than that.? It is not that we left them to go on strike first and we were sleeping. And after three months ,we said okay we can start talking. The moment they declared ,we immediately called them and said let us start talking. And as the talk started,they still went on strike”. He said.
ASUU embarked on a 30 day warning strike on February 14th over the federal government’s failure to honour agreements signed by both parties, and the strike has lingered till date. The union is demanding the withdrawal of the integrated payroll and personal information system, IPPIS,and the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution,UTAS. They equally seek the University peculiar payroll and payment system, U3PS or UPPPS for the non academic unions,amongst others.