- The minister of labour and employment has refuted claims that political officials care less about the ASUU strike
- Senator Chris Ngige noted that his three children are in public universities unlike ASUU members
- Ngige also said that his children are affected by the ongoing ASUU strike
Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment has revealed that even though three of his children have dual citizenship they are in public schools.
The minister stated this in reaction to comments that government officials have been dragging the ongoing negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because their children school abroad.
Ngige who made this known while speaking during an interview on Arise TV, noted that unlike ASUU members that have most of their children in private universities, his kids are in public higher institutions.
While describing the comments as untrue, Ngige restated the federal government's commitment to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the educational body.
“I have three biological children in public schools. They are in public schools; they are not in private universities. Unlike ASUU members who have most of their children in private universities, three of mine are here. So, I am a very big stakeholder in the public tertiary school system.”
“So, when ASUU says politicians don’t care because they have taken their children abroad, Chris Ngige cares because my children are not abroad even though they have dual nationality – two of them have American citizenship; they can be in America but I choose them to be here with me.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has clarified its position regarding the enrolment of university lecturers on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform.
Contrary to some reports, the minister of labour and employment said ASUU is not exempted from enrolling on IPPIS.
Ngige on Saturday, November 21, said the government was quoted out of context on the matter, adding that there was no meeting where it was agreed that ASUU would be exempted from the IPPIS payment platform.
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