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General News of Saturday, 6 August 2022


Beg ASUU to call off the strike, we can’t borrow to pay them - Keyamo to Nigerian parents

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has expressed his disappointment in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for making heavy demands on its dispute with the government.

He said this in an interview with Channels TV's 'Politics Today' on Friday, August 5, 2022.

“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 then 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,” he said.

He also implored parents across the country to beg ASUU so their wards can continue their education because the Federal Government is not in the position to meet the union's demands.

“Like the President said the other time, those who know them, appeal to their sense of patriotism.

"The situation we are in now involves everybody. Nigerians should appeal to ASUU to go back to class. Parents should also beg the Union. It has got to that level. The prolonged strike is unnecessary,” he said.

ASUU embarked on a 30-day warning strike on February 14 over the federal government’s failure to fulfil agreements signed by both parties. They extended the strike for another 30 days recently.


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