Ngige to senators: we look at ASUU strike comprehensively
Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said on Wednesday that the federal government is considering the strike of the university faculty union, ASUU, in a holistic manner to ensure the further development of all other unions in the university system. …
The minister said this while defending the budget of his ministry before the Senate Labor and Employment Commission.
In response to senators’ concerns about the protracted ASUU strike, Senator Ngige told the commission that the federal government has met most of the union’s demands.
According to him, “out of eight ASUU requests, the government has satisfied five. We have committed N50 billion. A total of N20 billion for university revitalization and N30 billion for Earned Academic Benefits (EAA).
“The union accepted and returned to its members, only to come back and say that the money for the EAA should be for ASUU members only, excluding other unions, namely SSANU, NASU and NAAT.”
In a statement by the minister’s press office last night, Ngige explained that the federal government cannot ignore other alliances as this could be counterproductive to the smooth functioning of the university system.
He said: “We cannot ignore other unions whose services are necessary for the full functioning of the university. If we ignore them, even if ASUU cancels the strike, other unions will reduce tools – they will close classrooms, libraries, laboratories – and in fact also the university gates. “
On the controversial issue of IPPIS, the minister noted that the University of Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS), which ASUU cited as an alternative, had been sent to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for evaluation.
Ngige, however, criticized ASUU’s claim that IPPIS undermines the university’s autonomy.
He said: “They said that the autonomy of the university has been undermined. Autonomy cannot work when the government pays teachers. It can only work when the board of directors generates its own resources to pay employees.
“IPPIS blocked all leaks and identified those who do not pay taxes, as well as those who pay less.
“So we will be meeting with ASUU again soon so that they can also hear that other unions at the university have developed their own payment system against UTAS. Now do you understand why we approach this problem in a comprehensive manner? “
Responding to senators’ concerns about the alarming unemployment situation in the country, Ngige called for a systemic reassessment of the education system with a focus on technical education.
He emphasized the need to manage our resources and a concerted effort to create jobs through multilateral and multilateral approaches.
“We were haunted by white collar syndrome. We have green jobs and workers to feed and shelter people. Agriculture can give us jobs. We have anchor borrowers, but we can do more. Curriculum in suit and tie. This is why everyone in the job market is looking for a job.
“Our job is to put on a thinking hat and see what can be done. We have allocated 60% for projects in districts to educate people about empowerment. But when you give people power, they sell it. They tell you that this is not the job they want to do. They don’t want to do soap making or cooking, soldering and manufacturing. “Mechatronics, which we are encouraging because of its computing component, will not work either,” he said.
Source: – Vanguard