The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said the previous administration is responsib;e for the continuous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Although he was not specific on which administration he was referring to, the minister said that the ”past” government shouldn’t have entered into an agreement with ASUU to pay them 1.3 trillion naira when it knew paying he amount wouldn’t be possible.
Adamu said this while answering a question a Corp Member asked him on the persistent ASUU strike, during a Town Hall meeting on security issues in Bauchi state on Monday.
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 N1.3 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 N1.3trn 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 N1.3 trillion. If a government appends its signature to an agreement, it is an agreement.
“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,” the minister said.
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.”