ASUU to sue FG over registration of rival academic unions

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Uba Group

The Academic Staff Union of Universities is set to sue the Federal Government over the registration of two new academic unions.

The two newly registered unions, many believe, are meant to break the ranks of the striking lecturers include the Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics.

Lead counsel to ASUU, Femi Falana, disclosed this on Thursday during a live television discussion.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had on Tuesday presented certificates of registration to CONUA and NAMDA, ordering both unions to start work immediately.

Ngige, at the certificate of registration presentation to both unions, explained that the two bodies will exist along aside ASUU.

ASUU had been on strike since February 14, 2022, as lecturers of public universities protest unpaid allowances and demand better welfare package from the government.

Falana said, “ASUU is going to court. It is going to be the NIC.”

Recall that a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, had also accused Ngige of complicating matters.

“He took the matter to the industrial court and the decision has been appealed by ASUU and now, he has registered two unions while trying to proscribe ASUU. If this is allowed by this government, I think it is a recipe for disaster and it may really create more problems than it can solve on this matter of strike action,” Jega had said.