The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government will explore the provisions of the labour law and other channels if the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues after next week’s meeting with the union.
Ngige, who expressed optimism that the strike will be called off next week, stated that the FG has on several occasions appealed to ASUU to call off the industrial action they embarked upon on March 24, 2020.
ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike due to the inability of the government to fulfill agreements reached in 2009 and the disagreement over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System rejected by ASUU.
Ngige spoke during a live programme on Channels Television, Politics Today on Friday.
He further stated that the government had already met six out of the nine demands of the striking lecturers.
Ngige said that the FG has been organising side meetings and collating responses from the Accountant General of the Federation’s office and every concerned party.
He added, “UTAS has yet to be ready but government will not discourage them. And we have told them there is no need using the same old method of strike to make demands since such had been deployed since 2017.”
The minister also stated that the government had agreed to release N30bn out of the N40bn demanded by the union as the payment for November 2019 and September 2020.
He added that the remaining N10bn would be paid over a stipulated period of time.