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The Nigerian government, on Thursday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU is responsible for the prolonged university strike which is in its ninth month.
Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment stated this while faulting claims by the University of Jos chapter of ASUU that he was responsible for the current industrial action. Ngige maintained that ASUU has refused to reciprocate the federal government’s offer.
In a statement through his Media Office, the Minister insisted that the government has met ASUU’s conditions.
He said: ‘It is rather ASUU which has bluntly refused to reciprocate the Federal Government offers by refusing to either teach, conduct research or engage in other academic values for which they are paid, that should be held responsible.
‘Strangely, ASUU claims ‘patriotism’ as the basis for this prolonged industrial action, forcing every patriot to raise concern over this weird definition of patriotism by ASUU officials.”
‘Living by its words, the Federal Government has fulfilled all the demands over which ASUU went on strike on March 9, 2020.’
‘It is therefore preposterous for the University of Jos chapter of ASUU under Dr. Maigoro to refer to these concrete steps taken by the Federal Government as a ‘promissory note” with which Nigerians shouldn’t expect ASUU to call off the strike.’
ASUU has been on strike for about nine months due to the federal government’s alleged inability to meet the 2009 agreement reached.
Also, the federal government has recently promised to pay all outstanding allowances owed the union despite threatening to apply the ‘no work no pay’ principle. But ASUU Has refused to shift ground on its major initial demand of 110 billion naira for revitalization of Universities.
Meanwhile, Ngige had disclosed that the government will release ₦75 Billion for the revitalisation of universities and the payment of Earned Academic Allowances.
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