- Labour minister, Chris Ngige has reacted to the one-month warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities
- According to the minister, the strike is not recognised because the union failed to notify labour ministry before embarking on industrial action
- Meanwhile, Ngige also noted that the union failed in its agreement with the national inter-religious council headed by the Sultan of Sokoto
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), are just on leave.
On Wednesday, February 16, Ngige made this statement while reacting to a one-month warning strike embarked upon by the academic union, PM News reports.
The minister revealed further that the strike is not recognised because the union failed to notify his ministry before embarking on it.
Ngige 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.
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“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 can not 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.”
Recall ASUU had on Monday, February 14, announced the commencement of a one-month strike after its National Executive Council meeting, The Punch added.
The union had blamed the federal government for constantly failing to honour some of the lingering demands such as payment of revitalization funds for universities, payment of earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the UTAS payment system for University lecturers.
ASUU declares minister Pantami’s professorship illegal
Earlier, the professorship of Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has been referred to as illegality.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, February 14, rejected Pantami's promotion by FUTO.
ASUU also vowed to sanction the VC of the university and its members involved in the minister's promotion.
Support lawmakers' push for youth empowerment through NYSC trust fund bill, group to Nigerians
In another development, a pan Nigerian group, Conscience Nigeria (CN), has endorsed the proposed National Youth Service Corp Trust Fund Bill which has passed its first reading at the House of Representatives.
The group while describing the new bill as a "game-changer" in addressing youth unemployment and job creation in the country, called on Nigerians to support lawmakers on their push for youth empowerment through the NYSC Trust Fund.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng, the secretary-general of the group, Bamidele Michael, said the bill when passed into law will serve as an avenue for the federal government to address youth unemployment in the country.