Reopening of universities: FG says it has met all ASUU demands

Reopening of universities: FG says it has met all ASUU demands

- The federal government has reacted to the ongoing industrial action embarked on by ASUU

- The minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, explains why the strike has not been called off

- Ngige speaks about what the government has done so far regarding the lingering dispute with the union

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The federal government has blamed the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the continued closure of public universities.

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and productivity in a statement on Thursday, December 17, said the government met all demands that made the union proceed on strike, Premium Times reported.

Reopening of universities: FG says it has met all ASUU demands
Ngige is displeased with ASUU over the ongoing strike. Photo: @LabourMinNG
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He said it was dishonest for the University of Jos chapter of ASUU to blame the government for the continued industrial union.

The minister urged lecturers to return to work pending when the government makes arraignment for the settlement of their outstanding salaries.

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He said:

“Strangely, ASUU claims ‘patriotism’ as basis for this prolonged industrial action, forcing every patriot to raise concern over this weird definition of patriotism by ASUU officials.
“ Living by its words, the Federal Government has fulfilled all the demands over which ASUU went on strike on March 9, 2020."

Meanwhile, ASUU has reacted to claims making the rounds in some quarters that the union has signed an agreement to suspend its ongoing strike.

The leadership of the educational body on Friday, December 11, said the strike has not been suspended neither has any agreement been signed with the federal government regarding such.

Maigoro speaking to the news publication in Jos explained that though the federal government promised to fulfil part of the agreement, it has, however, not done anything to date.

In another report, the authorities of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) have migrated to a virtual classroom due to the prolonged unending strike by the ASUU.

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In a report by The Nation, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, the vice-chancellor of the institution made the disclosure while speaking at the main campus of the university.

According to Na’Allah, more than 5,000 students are already receiving lectures from adjunct staff.

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