Govt to ASUU: You fixed lecturers’ wages unilaterally

The Federal Government has accused the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of unilaterally fixing the salaries of lecturers.

The FG also said there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between parties yet.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said these in a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Olajide Oshundun.

The minister accused ASUU of fixing its salaries and allowances through the Nimi Briggs Committee to the exclusion of the statutory government ministries and agencies that manage finances.

The statement partly reads: “This clarification has become necessary given the deluge of deliberate misinformation being dished out to Nigerians by the President of ASUU, Prof. Osodeke as well as his branch leaders, calling on President Buhari to sign an agreement which they claimed to have reached with the Federal Government.

“We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that has been reached between the Federal Government, ASUU, and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances (wages).

“What is in existence is a proposal. Even when such a CBA is made, it is not the President who signs it. From available records, no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such.”



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