Ngige says he’s tired of ASUU going on strike every time it disagrees with FG -


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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Ngige says he’s tired of ASUU going on strike every time it disagrees with FG

Ngige calls out the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu saying ASUU members should go and disturb him too
The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige says he is tired of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) going on strike every time it has a disagreement with the Federal Government.
Ngige said this on Monday, April 11, 2022, in a statement by the Head of Press and Public Relations, Patience Onuobia.

The statement was released following a meeting with members of the government’s team on the 2009 Federal Government/University-based Unions’ Agreement Renegotiation Committee, led by its Chairman, Prof. Nimi Briggs.

The minister said strike action is not the only tool the union can use to express their disagreement with the government

Ngige advised the union to also use picketing by bombarding the Ministry of Education to resolve their issue with the government.

The statement reads: “I started pushing to see that things were done. What the Munzali Committee came up with is a proposal. Both Munzali and ASUU did not sign. At our last meeting in February, before ASUU proceeded on strike, we said everyone should go back to his principal.

“I asked the Education Minister several times what they had done with the document. We later got information on areas of disagreement. There is nothing wrong with that. It is bound to happen. I told ASUU to put up a committee; they said the Munzali Committee had expired.

As a conciliator, I have to make use of the labour instruments at my disposal. The bosses in the Federal Ministry of Education do not feel the strike. There are things that are above me.

“I am not the Minister of Education. I cannot go to the Education Minister and dictate to him how to run his place. But I told ASUU that they should be bombarding the Federal Ministry of Education for this to be moved forward.
There are many ways to do so. If you go to the Labour Act, there is something called picketing. You can picket. A strike is an ultimate thing. Picketing means that you can stay in the corridor, clapping or singing. Workers are permitted to do so. But I am tired that every time there is a disagreement, it is a strike.

“And the bosses in the Federal Ministry of Education don’t feel the strike. It is the children and some of us, as parents that have our children in public schools…”

Ngige also said the Federal Government remained committed to the renegotiation of the conditions of service for all workers in public universities across the country.

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