The federal government has announced that it is no longer responsible for the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, said there was nothing to deter the lecturers from returning to the classroom.
Nwajiuba explained that the government had done what it wanted to do, adding that the ongoing strike should be blamed on the lecturers.
He spoke on Channels Television when referring to why university lecturers did not call off their industrial activities.
According to the minister: “The lecturers can be back in the classroom tomorrow if they say they want to go back. There is nothing withholding the lecturers from entering the classroom tomorrow.
“Everything that the government needs to do is done. If you want your salaries, get on the platform and collect your salaries.”
The protracted industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, was due to the body’s refusal to enroll on the federal government’s payment platform, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU had severally insisted that it won’t enrol on the IPPIS system.