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FG can’t borrow N1,000,000,000,000 just to end ASUU strike – Labour Minister

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo has said that FG can’t borrow over N1.2tr to end ASUU Strike.

Among other demands, ASUU is seeking the payment of N1.1 trillion in university revitalisation funds.

Responding, Mr. Festus Keyamo in an interview on Channels TV said the Government can’t afford such money now.

Should we go and borrow to pay N1.2 trillion yearly?

“You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you by the jugular and then blackmail you to go and borrow N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be about N6.1 trillion. And you have roads to build, health centres to build, other sectors to take care of,” he said

He then asked parents across the country to beg ASUU.

His words: “Like the President said the other time, those who know them, appeal to their sense of patriotism.

“Let them go back to classes. They are not the only one in Nigeria. They are not the only ones feeding from the federal purse. The nation cannot grind to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU.”

In similar news, the Federal Ministry of Education hinted yesterday that the Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, would soon submit a proposal on how to end the ASUU strike.

The Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said in an interview in Abuja that Adamu offered to take over negotiations with the university unions from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who has been leading the negotiation.

The ministry spokesman said the minister was working within the time frame he requested to end the strike by the university unions.

Goong said: “We are still within the time frame. I can assure you that the Hon Minister will submit a proposal to the President on how the crisis could be resolved within the stipulated time frame.”

It was gathered that the minister had an informal meeting on Monday with the leadership of ASUU.

This was confirmed by the President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke

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