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No uncertainty over talks with ASUU – Ngige

MINISTER of Labour
and Employment, Senator
Chris Ngige has dispelled
speculations of uncertainty
over talks between the
Federal Government and
the Academic Staff Union of
A statement by the Special
Assistant, Media to the
Minister, Nwachukwu
Obidiwe said the Minister
of Labour and Employment
as the chief conciliator of
industrial disputes in the
country and the Minister of
Minister of Education whose
Ministry is the employerof the university teachers are
still leading the talks.
The statement further said
the consultation at the office
of the Vice President after
last Wednesday’s Federal
Executive Council meeting
was in consolidation of the
negotiations so far held with
“The Vice President has not
taken over the matter. The
meeting in his office was in
consolidation of negotiations.
Engagement of the striking
ASUU members is still being
handled by Ministers of
Labour and Employment and

the Minister of Education.”
Issues of strike by an
employee is a labour matter.
The Minister of Labour and
Employment is therefore
synergising with his
Education counterpart where
the strike occurred to resolve
the dispute.”
“Just as the Minister of
Labour and Employment led
negotiation with the National
Association of Resident
Doctors in conjunction with
the Minister of Health, the
same applies in the case of
“As a matter of fact, both
the Minister of Education
and Health reported
progress on the issues to
the Federal Excutive Council

and subsequently held
a meeting with the Vice
The statement concluded
that the meeting does not
not in any mean the Vice
President has taken over
negotiation, adding that
Sen. Ngige must have been
quoted our of contest.


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