- The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, dispels speculation of uncertainty over talks between the federal government and ASUU
- The Ministry of Labour says Ngige is synergising with the ministry of education to resolve the ASUU strike
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, says negotiation between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will resume after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.
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In a statement issued by Samuel Olowookere, deputy director (press) in the ministry, Mr. Ngige said the meeting would hold shortly after the holidays as requested by the leadership of ASUU.
He also dispelled speculation of uncertainty over talks between the federal government and the union, the news Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports.
“Engagement of the striking ASUU members is still being handled by ministers of Labour and Employment and the ministers of Education.
“Issues of strike by an employee are a labour matter. The Minister of Labour and Employment is, therefore, synergising with the Ministry of Education to resolve the dispute.
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“This is normal procedure in government where ministers brief and report to the president or vice-president to streamline efforts and gains in a given assignment,” he said.
The university lecturers have been on strike for over two weeks due to the government’s failure to honour past agreements with ASUU and other welfare demands.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed reports that he will lead the federal government negotiation team that would meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the ongoing strike.
Report had surfaced earlier that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, confirmed on Wednesday, August 30, after the Federal Executive Council meeting, that Osinbajo will lead the negotiations with striking university lecturers.
Reacting to the report, the special assistant on media and publicity to the vice president, Laolu Akande, said it was false.
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