Ngige Meets Members Of 2009 FG and University- Based Unions Renegotiation Committee:
The Representative of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has met with members of the 2009 Federal and University -based Unions Renegotiation Committee as at yesterday, Monday 11th April, 2022 in Abuja.
Speaking at the meeting with members of the 2009 FG and University-based unions renegotiation committee, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said that the government was not happy with the approach being used by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to pursue its demands.
Senator Ngige while at the meeting with the Federal Government Renegotiation Committee in his office pleaded with the committee to ensure that it concludes its assignment within six weeks as provided in the Memorandum of Action, MoA, with the unions.
He asked the re-negotiation team to ensure that it keeps to the six weeks timeline for the conclusion of their assignment.
He said the federal government was aware of the level of depreciation to which the Lecturers earning have been subjected due to the rise in the inflationary rate, adding that he had advised the leadership of ASUU to find a better way of pressurizing the Federal Ministry of Education and National Universities Commission, NUC, to hasten action on the Implementation of agreements reached with the government rather than rushing to strike every time there was a disagreement.
According to him, “I am not Minister of Education. I cannot go to the Education Minister and dictate to him how to run his place. But I told ASUU that you should be bombarding them at the Federal Ministry of Education for this to be moved forward.
“There are many ways to do so. If you go to the labour act, there is something called picketing. You can picket. The strike is an ultimate thing. Picketing means that you can stay in the corridor, clapping or singing. Workers are permitted to do so.
“But I am tired of every time there is a disagreement, it is a strike. And the bosses in the Federal Ministry of Education don’t feel the strike. It is the children and some of us parents that have our children in public schools.”
Speaking on the state of conditions of service of lecturers and other university workers, the Minister said that he had commissioned studies on productivity vis-a-vis emoluments and that the result was that payments done ten years ago when the dollar was strong have now lost value with 100 per cent depreciation.
He said, “Why won’t I support if ASUU and their unions now want a renegotiation of their conditions of service, which is the main thing in the proposal by the previous Committee.”
Chairman of the 2009 FG and University-based union renegotiation Committee, Prof. Nimi Briggs said his Committee was consulting all the stakeholders with a view to finding an amicable solution to the ASUU dispute.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has slated to meet with the four university-based unions over the ongoing strike in the Universities today been Tuesday, 12th April, 2022.
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