The Federal Government says that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be over if the striking lecturers decide to go back to the classrooms as almost their demands have been met by government.
Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this point Tuesday night on Channels Television current affairs programme – ‘Politics Today’.
He argued that government has met almost all the demands of ASUU and wondered why they will not go back to the lecture halls, adding that if the Union feels that there are some grey areas such will be sorted out later.
According to him, “ASUU can go back to work tomorrow (Wednesday) or the next day if they so wished. There is nothing wrong working and chewing gum. “They can go back to work while discussions continue if they have any other issue. This government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been very sincere with ASUU and has agreed on everything ASUU is asking for”.
But the Minister made it categorically clear that it was a wrong approach by ASUU to continue with the nationwide strike and expect its members to continue to draw their salaries.