The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has decided to take over the negotiation between the Federal Government and the striking university teachers, in other to avoid unnecessary problems and make sure the there’s a swift and fast resolution to all the issues. The minister also spoke against the statement made by Mr Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and human right activist in his statement issued last night. Describing it as illegal, the enforcement of Sec. 43.1 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 on the No Work No Pay provision.
Femi Falana has described the enforcement of the provisions as illegal and requested that the Federal Government instantly withdraws what he tagged as an “illegal order” from them. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, was the person who has been in charge and leading the negotiation with ASUU until late last night when Niggie said that he had taken over the negotiation by the power conferred on him by section 5 of the Trade Dispute Act. As to that effect, Ngige had summoned the leadership of ASUU and other relevant stakeholders to a very important meeting on Monday, at the Conference room of his ministry.
A statement signed by the Director (Press), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Prince Samuel Olowookere said:
“In this particular issue of Federal Government/ASUU negotiation, the Minister had earlier in the exercise of his powers sent back the conciliation to the Federal Ministry of Education as he noticed during the first meeting that both parties have not exhausted the internal conciliation mechanism. Knowing that ASUU and her members are on essential services as contained in the Trade Dispute Act, the Minister of Labour has therefore directed that the matter is re-apprehended back into his Ministry to avoid unnecessary meddlesomeness by external interlopers as well as to ensure speedy resolution of all issues to enable ASUU to call off the strike.
Hence, the Hon. Minister in the exercise of his powers in section 5 of the Trade Dispute Act has re-apprehended the dispute and invited all parties to a meeting. By this, all further discussions between the Ministry of Education and ASUU will now hold at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
A meeting has been convened for Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Conference Room of the Minister of Labour and Employment by 4 p.m prompt. The Ministry would also investigate further if the media report attributed to Mr Falana to ascertain if, he actually quoted those Supreme Court judgments, knowing fully well that they are tangential and that they neither anchor nor dwell on provisions of section 43 of Trade Dispute Act T8 ( LFN 2004) before it will take further necessary action.”