Why FG could not meet ASUU’s demand – Ngige

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Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, stated on Tuesday in Abuja that the Federal Government was dedicated to improving university lecturers’ salary package.

Chris Ngige
Chris Ngige

After informing President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the Federal Government’s present engagement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ngige spoke to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The minister said, “Yes, our university lecturers deserve good pay. A worker deserves his wages. So, if we compare with what obtains in other climes and they are not adequately remunerated, there is nothing that stops the government within the lean resources we have to do some compensation raise and make them happy.

“So, we are not opposed to that but there is a process like I explained to them.”

It is that process, according to Ngige that has stalled the fulfillment of the 2011 agreement and the aftermath of the strike action in 2020.

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