BREAKING: Ngige clears air on Federal Govt taking ASUU to court - IgbohoConnect

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, Monday, said cleared the air on a report of the Federal Government taking the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to court over the prolonged strike of the union.

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Ngige said the Federal Government did not take ASUU to court over the prolonged strike, as some people claimed.

The Minister made this known in a statement issued by Olajide Oshundun, Head of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Ngige said he referred the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) due to the inability of both parties to resolve the issue after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations with the union.


“We have to counsel our brothers on negotiation,” he said. There is no forced negotiation. You cannot say, “Give me 200 percent or I will continue my strike.” There are laws that govern strikes. The right to strike is protected by ILO principles. Nobody can take it away from you.

“However, there are consequences when you go on strike as a worker, and they are enshrined in our country’s laws.”
It is stated in the Trade Dispute Act. The ILO strike principles address a worker’s right to withdraw services.
Picketing is also an option. These are the things that have been completed.


“Nigeria is respected in ILO. Some people said Federal Government took ASUU to court. No. I referred the matter after seven months of protracted discussions and negotiations that failed.”

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