It is possible that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may not end it ongoing strike, it embarked upon since March 23rd, soon as the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, and the leadership of the union engaged in verbal war, Insidenaija reports.
According to The Nation reports, the minister on Tuesday, December 8, faulted claims of the ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who blamed the federal government for the union’s failure to call off the strike.
Prof. Ogunyemi in a telephone conversation with the PUNCH insisted that the Union will not end its strike until the Federal Government paid lecturers withheld salary, adding that the government had failed to deliver on offers made to the union.
But in his reaction, Ngige said the federal government did not promise to pay striking ASUU members before they return to the classroom.
He said: “The truth of the matter is that a ‘gentleman agreement’ was reached at the last meeting in which ASUU agreed to call off the strike before December 9, 2020.”
The minister stated that ASUU began a warning strike on March 9 and went into full-blown industrial action on the 23rd of the same month over the IPPIS payment platform.