Strike: FG Approves CONUA as Rival to ASUU

By Arewa Agenda 

The Federal Government says it is set to present a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics, a separate body of academic unions.

This was revealed in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide.

The invitation stated that Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, will do the presentation at the Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja by 2 pm.

CONUA, a separate body of academic unions with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

The message by the Ministry of Labour read, “The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cordially invites you to the recognition and presentation of Certificate of Registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics”

It added, “Your media organisation is invited to cover the event strictly by invitation.”

Regarding the ongoing ASUU strike which has been on since February 14 to press home its demands, experts noted that the move is seen as an attempt to clip the wings of the Academic Staff Union of Universities,

Despite a ruling by the National Industrial Court on Sept 21, 2022 ordering the university to return to work, the University lecturers have remained adamant.

Source: Economic Confidential

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