FG Not Sincere About Resolving Strike Issue – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says the federal government is not sincere in its quest to end the strike embarked on by the union.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, made the comment on Friday while debunking reports that the union has been invited to a meeting with the Federal government on Thursday.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, stated concerns over payment platforms will be addressed with the union and other stakeholders in the Next meeting fixed for Thursday.
But speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Friday, the ASUU president said the union did not receive any letter of invitation from the minister.
He said Ngige should remove himself from the ongoing negotiation because the minister has worsened the situation.
“We were not invited to any meeting. None of our members was invited. We have a secretariat but we never got an invitation from them,” he said.
“The problem we have with this government, especially with the minister of labour, is that if you can tell the world that you have fixed a meeting which you didn’t, how do you expect us to believe other things you have said?
He should confirm to the world that he sent an invitation to ASUU for a meeting on Thursday.
“The minister of labour should leave us to deal with the minister of education. He was the one that made this matter worse to this extent. He was the one that decided to use hunger as a weapon when he said no work no pay.”
ASUU, on February 14, declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the federal government.
But on March 14, the union extended the action by 8 weeks, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.
On May 6, Ngige promised that the federal government would resume negotiations with ASUU with the aim of ending the strike.
However, three days after his promise, the union extended the strike by another 12 weeks