ASUU: FG finally retreats, promises to pay minimum wage

The Federal Government has finally considered conforming to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Speaking on the issue in Awka, Anambra State on Sunday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has pleaded with striking university teachers to consider the students who are the ones suffering the repercussions of the battle between both parties, by calling off their strike.

The teachers, under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), began a nationwide strike since November, last year, over some disagreement between the union and the Federal Government.

Ngige promised that Federal Government would pay a minimum wage, adding that things were being worked out by the Committee saddled with that responsibility.

He said:

“FG will comfortably pay minimum wage, we want to pay it, but there must be balancing because figures were bandied and we are asking Labour to exercise patience.

“I appeal to ASUU and Labour to have mercy on students and be patient. As far as I’m concerned, we have treated Labour well. And they should also know I’m a comrade and that is why I always intervened on matters that concern them.”

The FG and Labour representatives adjourned their meeting until Monday (today), after a five-hour deliberation last Friday.

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Rhema Olonade

Rhema Olonade is a graduate of mass communication. She is passionate about news writing and broadcasting. Hobbies are watching movies, and public speaking. Email: [email protected]

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