Labour Minister: Federal Government Have Done Everything Possible To Please ASUU

Labour Minister: Federal Government Have Done Everything Possible To Please ASUU

The minister, in a statement by his Media Officer, said only ASUU leaders could tell why members were yet to return to the classroom to the frustration of students and their parents.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the Federal Government had done everything possible to please the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to end its strike that had affected academic activities in universities. 

In a statement released by the Minister Media Officer, said only ASUU leaders could tell why it’s members were yet to return to their jobs.

In the statement he also said that only ASUU can explain why they have not end the strike as Federal Government have done it’s best part for the organisation to end the strike and let academic activities resume.

He further explained that”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. 

“The visitation panels to the universities have been approved by the President and will swing into action once the universities reopen. 

“The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, on the other hand, is also rounding off the gazetting of the panels while the National Universities Commission, NUC, has received the approved list which will be published later next week.

“Also, the revival of the Renegotiation Committee for the 2009 ASSU/FG Agreement demanded by ASUU has been set up by the Ministry of Education with Professor Munzali as Chairman, replacing the ex-chairman, Dr Wale Babalakin(SAN). 

“The new committee is currently meeting. Similarly, the government has also acceded to a hybrid payment platform which is not 100 per cent IPPIS, for the payment of salaries and Earned Academic Allowances/ Earned Allowances. 

“This pending the result and conclusion of the integrity and usability test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions, UTAS, by the National Information and Technology Development Agency, NITDA. 

“Besides, the government has also processed for payment the sum of N70 billion, comprising N40 billion for Earned Academic Allowances/Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalisation of the universities. 

“The Accountant-General of the Federation at present awaits the accounts details from the Federal Ministry of Education and the National University Commission for the remittance.

Ngige also included that while ASUU was on strike during the lockdown, the FG had paid the ASUU members 5months salaries from February till June to curb the effect of COVID-19 on the organisation members.

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