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Minister of Labour Chris Ngige says ASUU strike is illegal.

Minister of Labour Chris Ngige says ASUU strike is illegal.

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated on Wednesday that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), was a “leave.” This following the failure of the union to notify his ministry before embarking on strike. Chris Ngige condemns ASUU strikes. The Minister also noted that the union failed in its

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated on Wednesday that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), was a “leave.” This following the failure of the union to notify his ministry before embarking on strike.

Chris Ngige condemns ASUU strikes.

The Minister also noted that the union failed in its agreement with the National Inter-religious Council headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev Samson Ayokunle. An agreement had been reached with these individuals to announce to the committee before embarking on strike.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities had condemned the federal government for constantly failing to honour some of the persisting demands such as payment of earned allowances for university lecturers, payment of revitalization funds for universities, deployment of the UTAS payment system for university lecturers.

According to Chris Ngige, “I am sure you know NIREC which is headed by the sultan and the CAN president. I am sure you also remember that the President mandated his Chief of Staff, the ministry of labour and the ministry of education to find a way to make sure that we resolve the issues with ASUU.

Now, NIREC met with ASUU twice and they discussed some of these issues. The leadership of ASUU said they would go back and meet with their NEC. We were waiting for them to come back and then we heard they were going on strike.

ASUU failed to get back to us and proceeded on strike without sending notifications. They just gave themselves a leave. If you want to go on strike, you should at least inform us officially by giving us notification but they refused to.

You cannot just go on strike like that, it is illegal. So, they are just on leave. We will work with them and they will call off the strike.” He added.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on February 14, had announced the commencement of a one-month warning strike after its National Executive Council meeting held at the University of Lagos, Akoka.

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