The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that he is ready to resolve any outstanding issue the Academic Staff Union of Universities may have with the federal government.
He made this known while speaking to reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Adamu expressed surprise at the fact that the union that embarked on a one-month strike before the negotiations were over, stating that they had not reached an agreement as the federal government was still deliberating on the issues raised.
“There is a solution to this; the negotiations are the solution and that is why I have said that I am surprised that ASUU has gone on strike,” he said. “They submitted a draft agreement which the ministry is looking at.
“A committee is looking at it. Immediately it finishes, the government is meant to announce what it has accepted. Then suddenly, I heard them going on strike. We want a peaceful resolution.”
Adamu has also frowned on the allegation levied against him by ASUU that he does not attend meetings but sends representatives. He responded by saying that he attends all the meetings except when he was out of the country for medical treatment.
The minister also responded when he was asked if the FG has agreed to the terms and conditions of ASUU saying that he was not sure of it.
But for him, he is willing to do anything but since he wasn’t working alone, ASSU would rather wait for the FG response.
Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the ASUU President had on Monday declared a one-month warning strike, stating the unresponsiveness of the Federal Government to its demands as the reason for the industrial action.