The Academic Staff Union of Universities said they had not received any notice of meeting from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment.
The academic staff body also said it would decide on the next action after the expiry of its warning strike. Last Friday, it was reported that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, during a meeting with the striking National Association of Academic Technologists promised to meet with ASUU this week. This week also saw the last week of the ASUU’s two month rollout strike.
A statement from the acting spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Patience Onuobia, quoted Ngige as saying: “As a reconciler, I am leading your people in measured steps. That is why I want to take you all holistically and I ask for your cooperation. When I finish with you today, I will continue with ASUU next week. “The Federal Government will resume talks with ASUU by next week as part of steps to end the ongoing strike by the lecturers.”
The National President of ASUU, prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, however, told our correspondent on Sunday that the union has not yet received any notice of meeting from any federal government ministry. “No, we have received any notice of meeting from them. They did not call us. We do not beg them to meet us and we will not go to them if they do not invite us. “It is part of his political campaign, we have not received any invitation,” he said.
When asked what ASUU’s decision would be at the end of its two-month strike ending Friday, Osodeke said: “My people will decide.” Osodeke also has some ministers in the regime of the president, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd..) For the purchase of the nomination forms to compete for the presidential seat in 2023.
He explained that the strike was in its 12th week and yet no government intervention. He added that the ministers did not call ASUU for any meeting but that they could raise money to buy nomination forms. Minister of Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba was the first of many aspirants to receive copies of the Nomination and Exposure Forms of Interest to compete. the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
Nwajiuba is not the only minister on the list as Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, and other presidential assistants are currently competing for various offices at federal and state levels. “No meeting, if we do not hear. some of them will meet our National Executive Council at the end of this week. “You can not solve the problem in your ministry and you want to govern the country, he mocks us, how do they have the money. I’m tired of this country, they are not serious.
We are not politicians, what we want them to do is to take up the education system. “Nigerians must vote for people who will take care of the system, the education system, for them. It’s about the Nigerian people, it’s not about ASUU, when Nigerians take over this fight, we will go back to class and it is in their hands to choose the best people for the government.
Responding to the government’s claim that it has no money to meet ASUU’s demands, Osodeke said: “We hear from the press, they did not tell us they have no money, but they can make billions. for the subsidy, the country is a joke, they are making fun of us all. ”
Some of ASUU’s demands include the release of university revival funds, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN / ASUU agreement, release of earned grants for university lecturers, and the deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and grants of university lecturers.