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ASUU calls for the removal of labour minister from mediation

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The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke has called on the federal government to remove the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, as a member of the mediation team in the ongoing rift between the duo.

Osadoke who described Ngige as an “interloper” stated that the minister cannot stand as a reconciler when it was he who personally wrote the Minister of Finance, demanding a stop to the payment of lecturers’ salaries while they were on strike, and also authorized that the union members be paid half salaries, following the suspension of its eight-month strike in October.

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The union leader maintained that Ngige lost his right as a mediator when he dragged the union to the industrial court and should be dropped from the negotiation team.

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He also expressed optimism that the agitations of the union would be resolved in the interest of students, parents, and the country.

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