The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, of allegedly authorizing the part-payment of salaries to contributors of the union.
The ASUU President additionally stated Ngige misplaced his proper as a conciliator withinside the dispute, following a number of his moves withinside the path of the ASUU strike.
This become made acknowledged on Tuesday night time through Osodeke even as performing on a Channels Television programme Politics Today.
Ngige is an interloper: During the interview, Osodeke defined the Labour Minister as an interloper, noting that he has not anything to provide and no position to play. He stated:
“He (Ngige) has long gone to court, this means that he has misplaced his proper as a conciliator. Once he has taken this situation to the Industrial Court, he has misplaced that proper as a conciliator; he has no say again, however he’s nevertheless interloping.’’
“He has not anything. He’s an interloper. If we’re calling him a conciliator, it has long gone past him. And we’ve discovered that it become he who virtually wrote to the Minister of Finance personally, now no longer directly, that they have to stop our salary. It’s simply personal. We are amazed due to the fact, having taken the case to court, through all rights, his hands are tied. He has no business with what we do.
“But to our surprise, the Accountant General Office determined to pay what a few humans have called 1/2 of. It’s very unhappy due to the fact professors who’re at the same salary scale were given various amounts, N200,000, N180,000, N90,000 and what have you.’’
On earnings charge: The ASUU president showed that the element charge become the primary earnings paid to union contributors for the reason that strike commenced.