FG Presents Certificates To CONUA, NAMDA

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

IN furtherance of breaking the rank and file of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has presented certificates of registration to the Congress Of University Academics (CONUA) and the National Association Of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA).

Stonix News reports that the groups are two breakaway labour unions from ASUU.

Speaking at the official presentation of certificates to the two unions in Abuja, the labour minister warned the unions against incessant industrial action.

He urged them to embrace dialogue whenever they have a misunderstanding with their employers rather than down-tooling.

Ngige maintained that the Federal Government will continue to enforce the “no work, no pay” policy on any union that embarks on industrial action.

Stonix News reports that the presentation of certificates of registration to the leaders of CONUA and NAMDA by the labour minister heralds the birth of two new labour unions in Nigeria’s academic system.

Recall that the two unions came into the limelight in October 2022 in the heat of an eight-month strike by ASUU which the FG lashed on to end the strike.

The minister urged the new unions to operate within the provisions of the labour laws.

In their respective comments, the unions appealed to the government to pay their withheld salaries, saying their members were not on strike with ASUU last year.

The Nigerian university system has suffered serious setbacks in recent times, owing to incessant industrial actions by academic and non-academic staff, a development that has severally disrupted the academic calendar.

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