Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said on Wednesday, that the Federal Government will look into the threats presented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). ayokinews.com reports
According to the minister, the majority of the union’s concerns were filed with the ministries of Education, Communications, and Digital Economy.
Ngige mentioned this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja.
ASUU has previously threatened to embark on an extended strike, citing the Federal Government’s failure to follow some of the agreements it had made with it.
Speaking further, Ngige said: “The truth is that ASUU’s grievances are with the NUC, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The issues are the deployment of their UTAS and the White Paper report on the universities.
“You know that we at the Ministry of Labour are not their employer; the Education ministry is their employer. Our job here is to act as reconciliatory officers.”
“The President has mandated his Chief of Staff and the Minister of Education as well as the Ministry of Labour to step in, but my job is to step in as the reconciliatory officer if both sides refuse to settle their grievances. We will surely look into the matter.”