The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Bayer University, Kano, BUK branch on Tuesday slammed the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for claiming that the Federal Government has settled the contentious issues except the payment of six months salary.
The union, which described the minister’s claim as false, argued that none of the contentious issues had been resolved.
In a statement signed by the union chairman Haruna Musa and Kabiru secretary Haruna Isa, they accused the minister of distracting Nigerians from the government’s failure to resolve contentious issues and blamed the union for the prolonged strike over delayed salaries.
According to the union, “more worryingly, the Minister of Education has resorted to blatant misinformation and cheap blackmail to divert attention from the federal government’s failure to address the contentious issues that have led to the current strike.
“In his media briefing held on August 18, 2022, the minister misinformed Nigerians that all the contentious issues had been resolved except for the payment of six months’ withheld salaries.
“We want to make it unequivocally clear that, contrary to the minister’s claim, the FG did not consider any of the controversial issues. The claim was a ploy to reduce our struggle for the survival of the Nigerian university system to the issue of salary retention.
“ASUU-BUK strongly condemns the FG’s mishandling of the protracted industrial dispute that has seen Nigerian universities closed since February 14. As the strike entered its 7th month, the FG continued to show insincerity and lack of commitment in resolving the impasse.
“The FG must therefore be solely responsible for the unjustified extension of the strike which could have been avoided,” the union however said.