The Benin Zone of the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) on Wednesday urged the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to calm the nerves of the Union members and facilitate the payment of the salaries of the affiliates instead of play gallery. and breaking the law.
ASUU urged Dr. Ngige to stop the threat of legal action, just as the Union insisted that the government must end the strike by complying with the agreements.
In a statement issued and signed by the Union Zone Coordinator, Prof. Fred Esumeh in Benin, ASUU noted that since the development of UTAS, the Minister of Labor and Employment has been making remarks characteristic of a “saboteur and anti-ASUU, instead of a conciliator. “
Esumeh said that by the provisions of the Act, Dr. Chris Ngige, as Minister of Labor and Employment, has the conciliatory role during the industrial discord, to calm an already tense situation and achieve a peaceful resolution, but has chosen to be spokesperson for other unions that were not part of the 2019 MoA.
He accused the government of introducing IPPIS to divert public attention from the lack of sincerity and willingness to implement the agreement reached with ASUU.
He insisted on the union’s rejection of IPPIS, given its violation of the University Autonomy Law and its inadequacies for carter due to the peculiarities of the university system.
On the IPPIS vs UTAS account, he said that the government had been withholding the salaries of ASUU members for months, even as the Union met deadlines agreed with the government to develop UTAS amid the challenges of COVID-19. .
Esumeh accused the government anchored by the Minister of Finance, his Labor and Employment counterpart, as well as the Federation’s General Accountant, of deploying the weapon of hunger to force and circumvent ASUU members to register on the IPPIS platform.
He added that this government measure smells of impunity, adding that it is undemocratic in a democratic environment.
The Coordinator reminded Dr. Ngige that democracy, enjoyed by Nigerians, including himself, is based on the rule of law and that the observance of the law is sacrosanct.
While expressing doubts about the ability and commitment of the Minister of Labor and Employment to midwife any peaceful and early resolution of the problems that led to the ongoing strike at the country’s public universities, the Union urged Nigerians to ask the Dr. Chris Ngige if the February 2019 MoA with ASUU included other unions.