The federal government of Nigeria has disclosed that no agreement has been made with the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) amid the prolonged strike.
The industrial strike action, which started on February 12, 2022, has now entered its sixth month, with students showing their frustrations due to the deadlock between the government and the union.
It has now been revealed by the federal government that there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) waiting for the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The recent update was provided by Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, through a statement by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun.
As per Ngige, when a CBA is made between unions and the federal government, it is not the President who inscribes.
No such CBA has been made between the Federal Government, ASUU, and other university unions on the renegotiation of their wages and salaries.
He stated that “What is, in reality, is a proposal. Even when such CBA is made, it is not the President who signs it. From general records, no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such.”
Further adding, Ngige said that the demands of the union like wages, salaries, allowances and many other public service matters would be guided by the relevant government ministries and agencies.
He listed the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Education and Budget office of the Federation.
The others are the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation and the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission via the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee.
Recently, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osekede, reacted to a comment of President Muhammadu Buhari, ‘Enough is enough’ and said that he found it difficult to apprehend the President’s statement when the union is not the reason for the delay in students returning to school.