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We can’t afford ASUU demands for now —FG

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The Federal Government has scrutinized the recent ultimatum delivered by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in regards to a looming strike scarcely four months in the wake of canceling a 10-month industrial action.

This was contained in a proclamation issued by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, during a meeting.

Nwajiuba clarified that any individual considering a strike after close to one year of bringing down tools would do an injury to students “since government is a continuum.”

He further noted that it had been hard for the government to run the existences of more than 200 million individuals with under $70m per day in income.

He said, “Whoever is conceiving a strike after being on a strike for close to one year is damaging the studentship because government is a continuum. Even if we are not in power today, another government, as the case may be, will be there.

“Whoever is in power will continue to engage with any union. But that shouldn’t stop the country from functioning because the rest of the country are the ones you put at risk.

“I have never supported strikes. However, I believe people should press for their demands as responsibly as possible. It is the responsibility of the government to continue to engage them.”

In response to questions about patience on the part of ASUU, Nwajiuba said it depended on the style of the demands.

He said, “It depends on the style of the demands; some of them are what the government can do now, some can be what the government can do later.

“I’m sure you’re aware of the revenue base of the country – 1.5 million barrels are sold. It is difficult to run the lives of over 200 million people with less than $70m a day in earnings. It is amazing that the President has managed to keep the country afloat.”

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