Following the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, a one-month warning strike that commenced on Monday, 14th February 2022, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has reportedly stated that ASUU is just on ‘leave’ and not on strike, as the ministry was not informed.
Ngige made this known on Wednesday in an interview in Abuja.
He noted, “Now, NIREC met with ASUU twice and they discussed some of these issues. The leadership of ASUU said they would go back and meet with their NEC. We were waiting for them to come back and then we heard they were going on strike.”
He added, “ASUU failed to get back to us and proceeded on strike without sending notifications. They just gave themselves a leave. If you want to go on strike, you should at least inform us officially by giving us notification but they refused to.”
Ngige maintained, “You can not just go on strike like that, it is illegal. So, they are just on leave. We will work with them and they will call off the strike.”