The Federal Government has claimed that the agreements it has reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in recent times were done under duress.
Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, made the claim at a retreat organised by the governing council of the University of Abuja on Thursday.
ASUU and the Federal Government have been involved in back-and-forth over agreements they reached for the funding of the university system since 2009.
Echono said: “I have heard so much about the fact that the government has failed to honour the agreements with ASUU. I have a different view about that because most of these agreements are imperfect.
“If somebody comes to my house and puts a gun to my head, I might agree to everything because those agreements are signed under duress. If you want to introduce obligations or responsibilities on their part, they will insist you cannot.”
ASUU had in November issued a three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to fulfil its side of the agreements made.
The ultimatum ended on Monday and Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU National President, said the union’s national executive body would consult with its various state chapters before making a decision.