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Keyamo tells parents – “Beg ASUU to call off the strike, FG can’t borrow to pay them”

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Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labor and employment, has urged Nigerian parents to persuade the Academic Staff Union of Universities, or ASUU, to end their prolonged strike.

Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Television, Keyamo said that the government has done its best and urged parents whose children are being harmed by the strike to plead with ASUU.

“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 blackm@il 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.

I will tell the parents, everybody to go and beg ASUU like the President said the other time, those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation can not ground to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU.

The moment ASUU went on strike we intervened. What is the manner again beyond that? The moment they declared the strike even when the strike began, we called them to a meeting. What manner is more than that? It’s not that we left them, to go on strike first and we were sleeping. And three months later we said okay can we start talking. The moment they declared, we immediately called them and said let us start talking. And as the talk started they still went on strike.” He said.

Recall that due to the federal government’s disregard for agreements that both parties had signed, the academic union began a 30-day warning strike on February 14. The strike has continued as of this writing. The union is requesting that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, or UTAS, be implemented in its place of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, or IPPIS. For the non-academic unions, among others, they also seek the University Peculiar Payroll and Payment System, sometimes known as U3PS or UPPPS.

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