- ASUU might be facing charges in court soon over its refusal to return to classrooms
- Nigeria's minister of labour and employment made this known after another meeting with the union ended in deadlock again
- Chris Ngige explained that the government may be forced to take legal action to arrest the situation
A legal action against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been threatened to be instituted against the body by the federal government after another meeting between both parties ended in deadlock.
According to TVC News, the Nigerian government through Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, threatened to drag the educational body to court over its prolonged strike.
Ngige made this known at the end of about a three-hour meeting with the union's leadership in Abuja.
The minister speaking in an interview with newsmen said the government may be forced to file a legal case against the striking workers to arrest the situation.
Recall that ASUU came under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it could end its strike as "unreasonable."
ASUU had said it would end the strike action after its home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) passed the federal government's integrity test.
However, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, in reaction to ASUU's stance said the educational body's demand was ridiculous because varsity lecturers cannot determine how they should be paid by their employers which is the federal government.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the coordinator of ASUU in the south-south region, Aniekan Brown, revealed why it cannot call off the strike.
Speaking with journalists in Calabar, Cross River state on Tuesday, November 3, Brown said members of ASUU cannot return to classes on empty stomachs.
He claimed that members in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Ebonyi had not received salaries from around four to nine months.
In a related development, the meeting held on Wednesday, October 28, between ASUU leadership and the federal government ended in deadlock, meaning that students and lecturers will have to wait as strike continues.
The meeting hit the rock as both parties failed to reach a unilateral agreement on the adoption of the UTAS.
ASUU had previously presented UTAS, which is its home-grown payment system, to the federal government in place of the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
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