ASUU Strike Will Soon End — Ngige

The Federal Government, yesterday, expressed the hope that the one-month warning strike embarked upon by Academic State Union of Universities, ASUU, on February 14, 2022, would soon end.

Recall that ASUU called its members out on the warning strike to compel the Federal Government to address their demands, some of which had been lingering since 2009.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, expressed the hope of an end of the warning strike when he spoke with newsmen at the end of a conciliation meeting between government and the union.

Ngige said the meeting agreed on many issues and a timeline was scheduled for the implementation of the agreements.

An agreement was reached in 2009 that their Conditions of Service would be reviewed every five years. It was done in 2014.

We started one in which the former UNILAG Pro- Chancellor, Wale Babalakin, SAN, chaired the committee.

“After Babalakin, Prof. Manzali was in charge and the committee came up with a draft document, proposed by the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU.

Today, Manzali’s committee has become defunct because many of the people in the committee are no longer pro-chancellors.”

Ngige said a new team had been constituted to take a second look at that document.

Earlier, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said: “The education sector in Nigeria is in crisis and money is being lost at the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.”

He noted the quantum of money that ought to have been used to fund education in Nigeria was being lost to other countries as he called for a declaration of emergency in the sector to solve the problem.


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