Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said that the previous administration is responsible for the continuous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Adamu said this on Monday, stating that the government shouldn’t have entered into an agreement with ASUU to pay them N1.3tn when it knew it couldn’t pay it.
He said this while answering a question asked by a corp member on the persistent ASUU strike during a town hall meeting on security issues tagged, “Engaging the Youth and Communities,” at the Multi-Purpose Indoor Sports Hall Complex, Bauchi.
Adamu said, “I do believe that while they were signing that agreement, they knew that it is not possible to implement it. There is just no place N1.3tn will come out from.
“I think the basic problem between the ASUU side and the government side has been deciding on what to do about this N1.3tn. If a government appends its signature to an agreement, it is an agreement.”
The education minister said the government was not happy that the strike was still on.
“We are not happy that the calendars of our schools has (sic) been disrupted. But the fault is the government that signed to do what it knew it could not do.
“But I assure you that we are on verge of reaching an agreement with them,” he said.