The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu believes Nigerians do not have “good reasons” to be disappointed with the Federal Government’s handling of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
The lecturers have been on strike since February 14th but negotiations between them and the Federal Government have thus far not yielded results, a development that has triggered reactions from Nigerians.
When asked if Nigerians should be disappointed over the government’s inability to resolve the impasse, he said the government is not at fault.
“If Nigerians are disappointed, I think they don’t have very good reasons to be disappointed with the government on this,” he said. “Why should they be disappointed? Just tell me in your opinion, how is it the fault of the government and not that of the union?
“You can only blame the Federal Government if it refuses to do what it is supposed to do — make the offer to satisfy their demands. There is no demand that can be satisfied 100 percent by any government.”
The minister said the Federal Government has made an offer to ASUU as part of measures to end the strike.
“The government has already made an offer. As the minister, I know that the offer the government made is probably the best it can make,” he said during the show. “You can’t do better than your best.”