ASUU one month warning strike is only a “leave” as we were not informed – FG

ASUU one month warning strike is only a “leave” as we were not informed – FG

As previously noted, the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ continuing strike was a “leave” according to Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, who indicated that the union did not contact his government before going on strike.

He also stated that the union had breached its agreement, which was reached with the National Inter-religious Council, which is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, and Rev Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, by failing to submit a report to the committee before embarking on a nationwide strike.

At a press conference after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja earlier this week, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated union demands were being renegotiated.

His astonishment at learning of the strike was understandable, as he pointed out that the industrial action was entirely beyond of the government’s control.

However, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, took issue with Adamu, claiming that the union had met the minister on Thursday last week and informed him of what was going to happen in the future.

When the union representatives paid him a visit, he claims that the minister did not bring up the subject of discussions.

Adamu, on the other hand, stated that after multiple rounds of discussions between ASUU and the government, neither party had achieved a settlement.

When asked if the government could reach an agreement with ASUU before the end of the 30-day strike, Adamu said,

“I can’t give you time. I am ready to reach an agreement with ASUU now but since I am not the only one, I cannot give you time. But certainly, we are going to reach an agreement very soon.”

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