- Multiple sources within the presidency have revealed that the federal government may opt for proscribing ASUU, who have been on strike for over six months
- According to a source, the academic union is bent on crippling the education sector despite the government's offers for the academic body
- Trade union act and trade disputes act made provision for the proscription of ASUU as the union has allegedly refused to be patriotic
FCT, Abuja - There are indications that the federal government may proscribe the academic staff union of universities (ASUU) if it fails to call off its six months old strike after an offer has been made.
According to Vanguard, the federal government has also approved an additional N100 billion for the university sector as part of the agreement in the re-negotiation of the 2009 agreement.
Top university drops classified information, next line of action to students after ASUU meetings with FG
Government offers to academic unions so far
Another N50 billion was also approved by the government to be shared by the university-based unions that went on strike as earned allowances.
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While other unions, through the joint action committee (JAC), have signed an agreement to suspend the strikes on Saturday, August 20, and agreed to suspend the strike on Wednesday for 2 months, ASUU has remained adamant.
The university lecturers are insisting that the government should pay 5 months' salaries of its members it is withholding before the strike would be suspended.
Legal backing for ASUU's banning
According to multiple sources within the presidency said ASUU has refused to reciprocate the government’s gesture by calling off the strike, adding that the government would consider the option of prescribing the union.
“It is part of the labour laws that the unions, especially ASUU, should apply cessation of strike once a trade dispute is apprehended and conciliation is ongoing,” one of the sources revealed.
Another source, while quoting different acts that establish trade unions and disputes in Nigeria, another source said:
“The government has so many options if ASUU refuses to be patriotic. One of the options is the proscription of ASUU, which is contained in the Trade Unions Act and even in the Trade Disputes Act," another source said
Tension in as education minister denies Ngige's claim on Buhari's directive on ASUU
Legit.ng earlier reported that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has dashed the hope of the over six months ASUU strike coming to an end soon as he denied getting two weeks ultimatum from President Buhari.
Contrary to what Chris Ngige, the minister of Labour and Employment, told the media, Adamu said he was only directed by the president to end the strike within the shortest time.
Adamu hinted that 5 of the university-based unions would likely call off their strikes in one week's time but was not certain about ASUU.