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Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister

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The Minister of Education , Malam Adamu Adamu , has blamed a previous administration for the continuous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Although Adamu was not specific on which administration he was referring to , he said that that government shouldn ’ t have entered into an agreement with ASUU to pay them N 1 . 3 trilion when it knew it couldn ’ t pay it .
He said this while answering a question asked him by a Corp Member on the persistent ASUU strike , during a Town Hall meeting on security issues tagged ‘ Engaging the Youth and Communities’ at the Multi – Purpose Indoor Sports Hall Complex Bauchi on Monday which was organized by the State government at the instance of the federal government .
He said the insolvable problem that had resulted in incessant strikes by the ASUU was that ‘ a government in this country went and sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would pay universities N 1 . 3 trillion’ .
“ I do believe that while they were signing that agreement , they knew that it is not possible for them to implement it . There is just nowhere N 1 . 3 trn will come out from .
“ I think the basic problem between the ASUU side and the government side has been deciding on what to do about this N 1 . 3 trillion. If a government appends its signature to an agreement , it is an agreement , ” he said .
The Education Minister said that the government was not happy that the strike was still on promising , however , that an agreement would soon be reached by the government and ASUU.
“ We are not happy that our campuses are closed , we are not happy that the calendar of schools has been disrupted . But the fault is the government that signed to do what it knew it could not do .“ But I assure you that we are on the verge of reaching an agreement and very , very soon, we will reach an agreement with them . ”
Also responding to a question raised by a teacher, Adamu said the President has pledged to be paying anyone who intends to be trained as a teacher immediately after secondary school .
He said : “ There is a pension scheme exclusively for teachers. All teachers’ children will be taught free in school . They won ’ t pay a single Kobo in the course of training their children .
“ The government also approved special allowances for rural postings , like hardship allowance .

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