ASUU’s one-month warning strike is just a “leave” because we were not notified – Federal Government

As previously noted, the Academic Staff Union of Universities‘ ongoing strike was a “leave” according to Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, who indicated that the union did not contact his ministry before going on strike.

He also stated that the union had breached its agreement, which was reached with the National Inter-religious Council, which is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, and Rev Samson Ayokunle, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, by failing to submit a report to the committee before embarking on a nationwide strike.

At a press conference following the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja earlier this week, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated union demands were being renegotiated.

He said that he was taken aback when he learned about the strike, and that the industrial action was not the fault of the government.

However, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, took issue with Adamu, claiming that the union had met the minister on Thursday last week and informed him of what was going to happen in the future.

When the union representatives paid him a visit, he claims that the minister did not bring up the subject of discussions.

Adamu, on the other hand, stated that after multiple rounds of negotiations between ASUU and the government, neither party had reached a settlement.

When asked if the administration will be able to reach an agreement with the ASUU before the strike’s 30-day deadline, Adamu responded, “I’m sorry, but I can’t offer you any time.”

I am prepared to achieve an agreement with ASUU at this moment, but because I am not the only one, I am unable to provide you a timeline. “However, we are confident that we will achieve a settlement in the near future.”

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