Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, has been disputed by Emmanuel Osodeke, president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), over his assertion that a meeting has been arranged for Thursday, June 23, to address the current strike by university lecturers.
Speaking to reporters on June 22, Ngige had stated that the federal government would soon find a solution to the ASUU strike’s problems. He added that the union and other stakeholders would discuss concerns about payment systems at the upcoming meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday.
Reacting to the claim in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday June 24, Osodeke said the union did not receive any letter of invitation from the minister.
He also called for Ngige’s removal from the negotiation process for allegedly worsening the situation.
“We were not invited to any meeting. None of our members were invited. We have a secretariat but we never got any invitation from them.
“The problem we have with this government, especially with the minister of labour, is that if you can tell the world that you have fixed a meeting which you didn’t, how do you expect us to believe other things you have said?
“He should confirm to the world that he sent an invitation to ASUU for a meeting on Thursday.
“The minister of labour should leave us to deal with the minister of education. He was the one that made this matter worse to this extent. He was the one that decided to use hunger as a weapon, when he said no work no pay.”