The permanent secretary for state education, Sonny Echono has accused the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian University of forcing an agreement with the Federal government via duress.
Echono stated this during a retreat organised by the governing council of the University of Abuja.
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”.
According to Punch correspondent, ASUU would decide whether to go on strike or not following the end of its scheduled zonal conferences on December 15, 2021.
The zonal conference is scheduled to hold in Abuja, Nsukka, Ibadan, Yola, Benin, Akure, Lagos, Bauchi, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Sokoto and Kano.