The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has responded to the statement credited to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, accusing the federal government of not showing any commitment to reach an agreement that will end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.
It could be recalled that Keyamo had on Friday stated on a Channels Television program, Politics Today, monitored by RoyalFM News that it will be unrealistic for the federal government to borrow money to pay the salaries of lecturers.
Responding to the claims, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke alleged that the federal government appears to be deliberately delaying the signing of an agreement with the union to prolong the dispute.
He lamented that a prolonged crisis in the university system in the country may lead to a mass exodus of highly qualified university staff to other countries.
Reacting to the proposed salary increase for lecturers which the government said will probably gulp huge amounts of money, Osedeke said ASUU did not mention any figure during negotiations with the government team.