The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the extended strike motion embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities shall be resolved by subsequent week when the Federal Government team meets the union leaders once more.
He, nevertheless, mentioned if the matter was not resolved by then, he would discover the provisions within the labour regulation and different channels. Government had beforehand appealed to the union to name off the strike.
The union had on March 24 2020 launched into an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to maintain to the 2019 Memorandum of Motion between them in addition to the lingering disagreement over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Info System that ASUU rejected.
Talking on Politics Today on Channels Tv on Friday, the minister mentioned the federal government had met six of the union’s 9 calls for and that they might meet once more subsequent week with the hope of ending the extended strike.
He said, “Even when international locations go to warfare, on the finish of the day they arrive to the negotiation desk. I’m inviting them (ASUU) subsequent week. We’re doing aspect conferences on our half and we’re collating all the things. I’m collating responses from the Accountant Common of the Federation’s Workplace and all people who has one thing to do with this matter.
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When requested if it meant that the lecturers could not return to the school rooms within the subsequent one or two weeks, he mentioned, “I’m not taking a look at that (lengthy) interval. I’m an optimist on this matter. By subsequent week, we are going to conclude this matter. There are such a lot of choices left. Now we have the labour legal guidelines and I’ve choices left to me within the labour legal guidelines. I’ve different channels.”
The minister, who mentioned his youngsters had additionally been at house on account of the strike, defined that authorities had agreed to provide the university Transparency Academic solution, the cost platform proposed by ASUU, a trial. He nevertheless mentioned the suggestions he acquired from the Nationwide Info Expertise Growth Company, the company mandated to follow-up the trial with ASUU, confirmed that they had simply concluded the primary section and that the second section to evaluate the purposeful requirement of UTAS had not been achieved
He added, “UTAS has but to be prepared however government is not going to discourage them. And we have now informed them there isn’t a want utilizing the identical outdated technique of strike to make calls for since such had been deployed since 2017.”
On the revitalisation fund, he mentioned authorities had agreed to launch N30bn out of the N40bn demanded by the union because the cost for November 2019 and September 2020, including that the remaining N10bn can be staggered.