The Academic Staff Union of Universities has criticized the Federal Government’s handling of the negotiations on its requests, as well as its casual attitude toward the ongoing strike.
Today marks the tenth week of the ASUU rollover strike, which will end in two weeks.
Last week, while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today,’ Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige advised the union to meet with the Benimi Briggs Committee, stating the decision to stop ASUU’s industrial action could only be made by the union.
On when the issue will be resolved, the minister had said, “It depends on ASUU. The ball is in their court. They should go and meet the Benimi Briggs Committee and look at what the committee is doing and make further inputs so that the work can be accelerated.”
However, in an interview with our correspondent on Sunday, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said it was shameful for Ngige to tell the union to go and liaise with another party other than the government.
He added that the union might have no choice but to roll over the strike after its expiration.
He said, “The rollover ends in two weeks, and there is no information, nothing new from the FG. They didn’t make any effort to get in touch with us or seek ways of ending the strike.