In what appears to be a move to oust the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Federal Government on Tuesday approved the registration of Congress of Nigerian University Academics, a separate body of academic union.
This was revealed in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide.
The invitation revealed that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, would anchor the presentation at the Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja.
CONUA, a separate body of academic unions with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
The message by the Ministry of Labour read, “The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cordially invites you to the recognition and presentation of Certificate of Registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics”
Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home its demands.
Despite the ruling by the National Industrial Court on Sept 21, 2022, ordering the university lecturers to return to work, the lecturers have remained adamant.