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ASUU critisizes Ngige over N110bn revitalisation fund claim

ASUU has criticized Dr Chris Nigige over revitalisation fund claim
Ernest Sunday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has criticized the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige over a claim that FG cannot afford the conventional N110 billion for the revitalization of universities in Nigeria.

In a statement made on Sunday by ASUU’s Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Olusiji Sowande he said that the minister of Labour Ngige and his team has no intention of ending the strike in 2020.

According to Sowande, Nigige and his team have not turned up for negotiation over the issue since their last meeting on November 4th 2020.

“The statement is laced with the hidden fact that the minister and his team have no intention of ending the ongoing strike this year, " he said.

“The Nigerian public should be appalled that government team, having had a series of meetings with our union, is just collating pertinent data required to engage our union.

“Consequently, the government has deliberately been wasting the time and resources of our union on meetings and engagements it was not prepared for.

“It is therefore not surprising that Dr Chris Ngige-led government team has not been able to return to negotiating table since the last engagement with our Union on November 4, 2020.”

Earlier the Federal Government approved N5 billion bailout fund for power generation and distribution companies to keep private businesses going and Sowande has criticized their decision of not approving the revitalisation fund for universities while care about private sectors.

“Only recently, government-approved N5 billion bailout fund to operators in the aviation sector to ameliorate the harsh realities of COVID-19 on their business operations.”

“If the government could bail out private businesses for “Business Good” then Nigerian public Universities deserved to be bailed out for “Public Good”.

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