We reached agreement with ASUU under duress – FG

Most of the agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU were done under duress, the Federal Government of Nigeria has said.

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono stated this on Thursday at a retreat organised by the governing council of the University of Abuja, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Echono said, “I have heard so much about the fact that the government has failed to honour the agreements with ASUU. I have a different view about that because most of these agreements are imperfect.

“If somebody comes to my house and puts a gun to my head, I might agree to everything because those agreements are signed under duress. If you want to introduce obligations or responsibilities on their part, they will insist you cannot.”

The Federal Government and ASUU have constantly been at loggerheads over failure of the government to fulfil some of the agreements it reached with the lecturers.

The union had last week told Nigerians to blame the government if it embarks on another strike action again.

ASUU went on a 9-month long strike in 2020 to press home for their demands.

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