Education Ministry reveals why it is difficult for FG to honour agreement with ASUU

Education Ministry reveals why it is difficult for FG to honour agreement with ASUU

Education Ministry reveals why it is difficult for FG to honour agreement with ASUU.

Sonny Echono, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, has stated that the federal government’s agreements with ASUU were signed under duress.

Education Ministry reveals why it is difficult for FG to honour agreement with ASUU

According to Echono, not much can be expected from the government because it lacks the capacity to carry out many of the agreed-upon items. ASUU will decide whether or not to go on strike again by December 15 to press its demands on the federal government.

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – The federal government’s recent agreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been made public for the first time.

According to Punch, Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, claimed on Thursday that the federal government negotiated most of its deals with ASUU under duress.

News Men gathered that he stated that the federal government could not be expected to keep up with what had been agreed upon at such times. Echono expressed this viewpoint at a retreat hosted by the University of Abuja’s governing board.

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Remember that ASUU and the Federal Government have been at odds for a long time over the latter’s refusal to meet the former’s demands. Over the previous five years, the two have engaged in a number of back-and-forth exchanges.

Echono stated that he has heard a lot about how the government has consistently failed to satisfy its obligations under the ASUU accords, but that he has a different perspective on the situation. He claims that most of the agreements were flawed since they were negotiated and signed under coercion.

He gives an example, saying that if someone comes into his house and puts a gun to his head, he will most likely agree to anything he is ordered to do or say, but that does not mean he agrees with it. ASUU must make a decision by December 15th. Meanwhile, according to Punch, after ASUU’s zonal conferences complete on December 15, the union will decide on the opt-ins for going on strike.

The sessions would take place in Abuja, Ibadan, Nsukka, Yola, Benin, Akure, Lagos, Bauchi, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Sokoto, and Kano, according to a document seen by The Punch. ASUU had previously threatened to shut down the nation’s university system by going on strike, as Legit.ng previously reported.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities announced that it had begun consultations with its branches around the country in order to obtain approval to close public universities. This came after the union’s three-week ultimatum to the federal government to meet its demands had expired.

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