The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos region, has tackled the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over the claim that the Federal Government can’t have enough money the conservative N110 billion for the revitalisation of universities.
The union in a statement issued on Sunday by way of Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, advised parents, students, and most people not to be persuaded by means of the declaration made by using Ngige.
ASUU which have been on strike for seven months faulted the federal authorities for paying bailout price range to the personal area and didn’t pay the revitalisation fund for the colleges.
The union zonal coordinator while reacting to the latest comment made by means of Ngige on a stay TV programme.
Sowande stated, “The announcement is laced with the hidden reality that the MoL&E and his team haven’t any intention of finishing the ongoing strike this yr.
“The Nigerian public must be appalled that government team, after having a series of conferences with our Union, is simply collating pertinent facts required to have interaction our Union.
“Consequently, the authorities has deliberately been losing the time and sources of our Union on conferences and engagements it turned into no longer organized for.
“It is therefore no longer sudden that Dr. Chris Ngige-led authorities team has now not been able to go back to negotiating desk since the closing engagement with our Union on November four, 2020.”
On the declare that the federal authorities can not afford the revatilisation fund, the union lamented that “best these days, government-authorized N5 billion bailout fund to operators in the aviation area to ameliorate the harsh realities of COVID-19 on their business operations.”
It additionally raised the priority that over time, the Nigerian government has spent over N1.5 trillion to bail out electricity technology and distribution corporations to hold their business afloat notwithstanding privatisation of the electricity area.
“If the government may want to bailout private groups for ‘Business Good’ then Nigerian public Universities deserved to be bailed out for ‘Public Good’,” he delivered.