Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment
Following the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), since February 14 to press home its demands, the Federal Government seeks for way to control the union with a splinter faction.
The Federal Government will on Tuesday present a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of ASUU.
Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige will do the presentation.
This was contained in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide.
CONUA, a breakaway faction of ASUU with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
The message by the Ministry of Labour read: “The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cordially invites you to the recognition and presentation of Certificate of Registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA).
“The Programme is scheduled to hold as follows:
“Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2022
“Your media organisation is invited to cover the event and strictly by invitation.”
Despite a ruling by the National Industrial Court on Sept 21, 2022 ordering the university to return to work, the University lecturers have remained adamant.
Although ASUU through its lawyers has filed an appeal against the court ruling.