Ngige Has Turned ASUU Strike To Personal Fight — Jega
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, has alleged that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has turned the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, into a personal fight.
Mr Jega, a onetime president of ASUU, made allegations while reacting to the registration of a rival group and a court case filed against the ASUU by the federal government.
According to him, Mr Ngige is fighting Minister of Education Adamu Adamu on one hand and ASUU on the other hand.
The former BUK vice-chancellor added that such action by the labour minister would further polarise the issues rather than solve them.
“Unfortunately, right now, the minister of labour is not helping matters. He has turned this into a personal quarrel between him and the minister of education on one hand and between himself and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on the other,” he said.
“While many other people are trying to find a way of addressing this situation so that students can go back to school and ASUU can go back to work, he is busy creating challenges.
“He took the matter to the industrial court, now today (Tuesday), he registered two unions and he is trying to proscribe Academic Staff Union of Universities.
“If this is allowed by this government, I think this is a recipe for disaster and it may really create more problems than it can solve on this matter of strikes in the universities.”