Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has made a declaration in favour of Nigeria University students following the suspension of the 9-months old ASUU strike.
Speaking a few hours after the development, Ngige stated that he won’t give ASUU any excuse to go on strike again.
Ngige made this promise while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday.
Recall that on Wednesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) conditionally suspended its nationwide industrial action.
The Minister who spearheaded the negotiations insisted that he would ensure the government does its own bit.
The minister stated that the government would pay ASUU the agreed N40bn Earned Allowance before December 31, 2020.
“We will not get to that (fresh strike), we will not get there because we have so structured the agreement in such a way that it is a win-win situation for everybody,” the minister said.
He added, “For example, the Revitalisation (Fund), we have given government up to 31st of January to pay that. We have also opened the window that by end of February, we will sit down and review the situation, eight weeks or nine weeks from now, so nobody will keep anybody in suspense.
“I will not give ASUU the opportunity to go on strike (again) because I have three biological children that suffered from this imbroglio that we found ourselves in. So, I am a committed parent, I am involved, even more than some ASUU members because some of them have their children in private schools.
“I will not give them the opportunity because I will make sure the government does its own bit. I have structured the agreement in such a way that it is doable.”