Following the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, agitations that their entitlements are not paid, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has reportedly responded that resources are not enough to meet all the demands of ASUU at once.
Disclosing this on Monday, Nwajiuba stated that, “We cannot possibly be blackmailing them; we tried to explain to them that we will fulfil the agreements when we have the resources. Agreements have been signed and they are meant to be fulfilled.”
He noted that, “So, the government will always pay its dues; you do not have to go on strike to drive home your points. They need to know that it is not the government versus ASUU. It is about doing what is right. Let us use the resources as they come. There are lots of sectors that need attention.”
He maintained that, “All we are saying is that once there are resources, we will meet your needs; all you have to do is to keep the academic calendar running. So, please, where is the blackmail?”