The federal government has expressed incapacity to resolve the lingering crisis between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), leading to the ongoing strike by the varsity’s lecturers.
The strike action over failure of the federal government to meet the demands of the lecturers and honoured its past agreements with them has entered five months.
The government via an interview Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, granted Channels Television said it was beyond it to get the lecturers back to classrooms.
Instead, Keyamo called on affected students’ parents to appeal to lecturers, saying, “I will tell parents and everybody; go and beg ASUU.”
The minister said ASUU’s demand for its rightly earned wages amounted to blackmail and that schools will not be opened at the expense of other economic sectors.
”You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold your jugular and then blackmail you to go and borrow 1.2 trillion for over heads when our total income will be around 6.1 Trillion and you have roads to build, health center to build, other sector to take care of, critical infrastructure to take care of,” Mr Keyamo asserted.