It is over seven (7) months now that the Association Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike. The association has on several occasions call on the Federal Government to pay its members salaries, entitlements, and ensure the revitalization of the university system.
On Friday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced that the association and the Federal Government have reached an agreement to call off the strike. Ngige said the Federal Government will disburse N20 billion on or before November 6, 2020, while N10 billion will be spread between May 2021 and February 2022. What a trick!
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige
From all indications, the truth is the urgent interventions of the Federal Government to disburse such money to ensure ASUU call off the strike is to stylishly end the ongoing endSARS protest by Nigerian youths. One cannot doubt it that the reason the youths involved in the protests is that they are at home due to the ASUU strike.
If these students are at school, they won’t be chanced to partake in the ongoing endSARS protests. So, the trick the Federal Government wants to use to end or stop the protests is to call off the strike. The question is, why releasing such huge amount now? This the Federal Government has refused to tell ASUU or Nigerians.