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ASUU STRIKE: FG claims they will order vice chancellors to re open universities

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The court’s decision directing ASUU to return to work, according to Ngige, does not prevent additional negotiations and deliberations.

FG claims they will order vice chancellors to re open universities

FG claims they will order vice chancellors to re open universities

The Federal Government would urge vice-chancellors to reopen universities for academic activity, according to Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment.

This comes after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was directed by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to end the current strike and resume classes immediately.

On September 21, 2022, Justice Polycarp Hamman decided that the strike violated Section 18(1)(2) of the Trade Disputes Act, which forbids their action.

In a message to newsmen on Wednesday night, Ngige said the government would instruct vice-chancellors to reopen universities, which appears to be an implementation of the ruling.

The Minister also applauded the House of Representatives’ involvement in ending the ASUU crisis and expressed happiness with Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila’s intention to consult with President Muhammadu Buhari on the situation.

He claimed that given the President must also have contacted some stakeholders, the intervention could not have come at a better moment.


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Ngige further stated that any funds approved for ASUU will be included in the 2023 appropriation, which is where the National Assembly enters the picture.

The court’s decision does not prevent us from continuing with further negotiations and consultations, in Ngige’s words. The provost was met with and given a list of requests, including boosting government offers and investigating the possibility of a bailout.

Ngige’s word: “The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations. The pro-chancellors met Mr President and made some demands, such as topping up government offers and seeing whether there could be some bailout.

“Mr President said in considering it, he will consult stakeholders. So, he is going to consult everybody.

“If they have shown interest now, it is good and wonderful. When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem. ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction. And all these things have been promised to them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting with him. For me, they should do the needful and get back to the classroom.”

“The government would order the vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of the court.”

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