ASUU: Nigeria has become a laughing stock among nations-Ambrose Igboke

ASUU:Nigeria has become a laughing stock among nations-Igboke

 

The federal government’s registration of the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) and the Nigeria Association of Medical and Dental Lectures in Academics (NAMDA) has sparked a heated debate that is still ongoing.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress is requesting the immediate revocation of the organization’s certificate.

The NLC said VR registration could not stand, rather because it contravened the laws which had been tested and affirmed by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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The Appeal Court and the Supreme Court, President of the NLC Ayba Wabba made the request in a protest letter to Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige, citinging sections 87 and 98 of the ILO Convention and section three of the Trade Union Act,

Mr. WABA says CONUA and NAMDA are illegal unions and must be deregistered.

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Igboke Ambrose, the chairman of the university chapter of the Guild of Public Affairs Analyst of Nigeria and a PR consultant, voiced dissatisfaction with how the federal government handled the registration of the two organizations.

Speaking on the midweek edition of TVC Breakfast with Veronica Dan-Ikpoyi and Sam Omatseye, Mr. Igboke noted that before beginning the present indefinite strike, ASUU had given two to three warning strikes during an eight- to one-year period.

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He claimed that the federal government ignored the recommendations made by the Wale Babalakin and Briggs committee because they desired a specific conclusion from the committee.

The chairman of the Guild of Public Affairs Analyst of Nigeria’s university chapter expressed his extreme disappointment in Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, who in his opinion has not demonstrated ability.

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He noted that the attitude of Chris Ngige, his temperament, attitude, aloofness is not befitting of a Minister for labor, because you are dealing with several pool of intellectuals, and professionals.

“His attitude of talking down on people , it is not about Chris Ngige but about Nigeria.

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He noted that the ASUU issue would have been resolved if Ngige had detached his personality from his office.

“Ngige is mixing up his personal ego with functions of his duty as a minister and that is why we are having these issues.

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“A country that treats its class of intellectuals with disdain cannot move forward.

“We have seen the minister’s attitude when Doctors and court went on strike, we have seen it so many times.

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“ASUU has said it will go back to the classroom if an agreement is implemented.

Mr Iboke added that the current situation of ASUU has made the country a laughing stock among committee of nations.

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On the issue of payment platforms, IPPS and UTAS, the PR consultant said ASUU had raised concerns about two years ago that the peculiarities of the university system as was not taken into cognisance in the design of the IPPS.

He said that the Federal Government would have acted right away to include the university professors’ specific concern in the IPPs, but that wasn’t done until the problem got out of hand.

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“Due to a series of warning strikes by ASUU, this strike may have been avoided.

“Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the house of representatives, and other individuals entered the discussion when they weren’t necessary because of the president’s receiving sound counsel and justification from the minister of labour.

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In response to the federal government’s “no work, no pay” policy, Mr. Igboke stated that ASUU has contended that all backlogs will be addressed.

Regarding the government’s registration of CONUA and NAMDA, Mr. Igboke claimed that this sends the message to other unions in the nation that the government is not honest in its dealings with them.

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“If the government truly wants to deal with unions, it does not go out and organise them; this divide and rule strategy cannot work in most cases.”

“Multiplying unions is not the solution; the ones you have cannot be managed adequately.”

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“You are attempting to cause problems for the government that will succeed this administration.”

The federal government’s action in registering these two bodies is a slap in the face to ASUU, which makes no contribution to university polity.

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