The Federal Government, yesterday, said demands by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to be paid salaries for the six-month strike period is stalling its negotiations with the union.
This was as the Federal Government insisted that it will not concede to ASUU’s demands to be paid the backlog of salaries withheld within the period.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to journalists at the 47th session of the State House Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
It would be recalled that ASUU embarked on a one-month warning strike on February 14, however, the union has extended the strike several times in the past six months.
Other associations such as the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions and National Association of Academic Technologists later followed suit, shutting down their activities in universities nationwide.
But fielding questions from State House Correspondents on Thursday, Adamu affirmed that five of the striking university-based unions will return to work within the next one week, whereas ASUU’s remain uncertain.
He denied receiving a two-week ultimatum from President Buhari adding that he successfully concluded his work one week after meeting the President on July 18.