The Union of Educational Workers of Universities, ASUU, blamed the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, for the extended strike, accusing him of exhibiting what he known as “disdain for Nigerian teachers”.
The union stated it was apparent that Ngige, via his latest statements, clearly confirmed his disdain for the audio system and didn’t fulfill the position of neutral arbiter to average the imbroglio.
“He has now grow to be the spokesman for the Federation Normal Accountant and the Ministry of Finance, as an alternative of discovering an answer for academics to get again to work,” ASUU advised a information convention at Abuja College on Tuesday, including that the minister was turning the wheel of progress backwards.
ASUU, within the textual content of the press convention learn by its Abuja zonal coordinator, Theophilus Lagi, accused Ngige of placing the union on a collision course with different strain teams on the college and is presently up in arms with the professors.
“In one in every of his mistake comedies, Ngige advised the nation that the spectacular audio system had been paid on time, when he knew that college professors had been receiving salaries due for 9 to 6 months with out simply trigger. In one other betrayal assault, the Minister throughout a latest protection of the Funds within the Nationwide Meeting, whereas defending the existence of the College Autonomy Legislation, tried in useless to redefine its provisions ”, stated the union.
“Dr. Ngige is now a well known determine with a poignant tendency to talk on each side of his mouth.
“That is demonstrated by his irregular postures within the ongoing negotiations between the federal authorities and our union that, on the very least, denounce his insincerity and irresponsibility as a nominee of the federal authorities.”
ASUU stated Ngige stated one factor throughout conferences with the union and fairly one other through the media interviews.
The union stated the minister’s angle to the continuing strike needs to be a trigger for concern for college kids and fogeys.
In response to ASUU, with the previous governor of Anambra accountable for negotiations between the union and the Federal Authorities, there are not any indicators of hope in sight, including that the minister is hampering the reopening of public universities within the nation.