The Minister of State for Education, Mr.Emeka Nwajiubah said striking university workers including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions are mean and wicked for shutting down universities across the country.
This is just as the ASUU’s strike enters its 50th day on Tuesday (today).
The unions are currently on strike over the failure of the Federal Government to honor the various agreements reached with them.
Nwajiuba, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said it was an act of wickedness for the unions to go on strike for entitlements that the government would still give them.
The minister said, “We are negotiating with the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education and the same thing ASUU is asking for is the same thing they are asking for but they are willing to continue working.
The only place we have a suspension of work is the ASUU, SSANU, and NASU on account of things they believe are owed to them. We believe every union is entitled to make these requests. The government has agreed with them. The government is only releasing money as they have it.
The renegotiation committee has always been constituted; the only departure is in the willingness of ASUU, SSANU, and NASU to continue working while the same entitlements are on.