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“Please call off the strike and return to the Negotiation Table” – FG tells ASUU



BellaNaija - "Please call off the strike and return to the Negotiation Table" - FG tells ASUU

The Federal Government has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike in the universities in the interest of the nation.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, in the Ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had on Monday declared an indefinite strike over Federal Government failure to keep to the 2009 agreement.

According to Ngige, there is an ongoing renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU by the Babalakin Committee:

The Federal Government has set up the Babalakin Committee on 13th Feb. 2017, which is already addressing the issues raised by ASUU. Though the Federal Government did not wish to apportion blame, it is important to note that ASUU did not follow due process in the declaration of the industrial action. As it did not give the Federal Government, the mandatory 15 days’ notice as contained in the Section 41 of Trade Disputes Act, Cap T8, 2004. In fact, it was on 14th Aug., 2017 that the Office of the Minister received a letter dated 13th Aug. 2017 from ASUU, that is, one full day after it commenced the strike.

He, however, noted that the letter was to inform the Federal Government that ASUU has commenced strike, adding that this is not a declaration of intention to go on strike as contained in the Trade Dispute Act, 2004.

He further said that since the case was being conciliated, it was against the spirit of Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for ASUU to embark on strike as enunciated in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. He said:

The Federal Government therefore wishes to appeal to ASUU to consider students who are currently writing degree and promotion examinations. Please call off the strike and return to the negotiation table.’

The minister added that the Ministry of Labour and Employment would ensure that a time frame is tied to negotiation this time around.

Ngige added that the Babalakin Committee was ever ready to continue the negotiation.

He also noted that the necessary ingredients for fruitful social dialogue as well as adequate powers to negotiate and make recommendations to the Federal Government had been put in place.

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    August 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    We hope a solution is reached on time!

  2. teekay

    August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

    What a funny country we have and organizations will be looking for graduate not more than 26 before August when you spend your years in ASUU strike. May God help us in Nigeria coz we definitely have a long way to go.


    August 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    What type of government do we have in Nigeria? When ASSU came to the table to negotiate with the Nigerian government. At the end of the negotiation. Agreements made and duly signed by both parties involved. Only for the Nigerian government to turn around, refuse to honor their parts of the said agreement. “This is a stupid behavior on the part of the Nigerian government” Bull shit like that always happens in Nigeria. Federal government of Nigeria needs to repent from her dubious ways. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

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