Chris Ngige Gives Fresh Update On ASUU Strike, Says Nigeria’s Broke
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Ministry of Education are in negotiations, according to Chris Ngige, minister of labor and employment, who has provided the most recent information on the ongoing strike action in the university system.
Ngige cautioned, however, that engaging in talks with ASUU without also engaging in talks with the other university-based unions would only serve to prolong the strike because it would not result in a swift resolution of the problems.
In addition, he stated that if Nigeria does not, among other things, cut the cost of government and end fuel subsidies, it may not be able to finance its capital projects by 2023.
Ngige made this statement on Thursday during a press conference held in Abuja to mark the 2022 World Day Against Child Labor.
I can tell you that Nigeria is insolvent, he said. To fund capital projects for the following year, there is no money. As you can see, the dollar has risen above N700 from its previous level of N500 to N600. In actuality, there isn’t any money anywhere. The money that has been distributed by the FAAC (Federation Account Allocation Committee) comes from tax, customs, and other revenue-generating organizations.
FAAC no longer receives payments from the National Nigerian Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC). Therefore, the situation demands patriotism from every Nigerian. The ability to create jobs would be impacted by a lack of funding for capital projects. Poverty in the nation will rise if jobs are not created.
I have been the minister of labor and employment for seven years, he continued. Previously, we dealt with ASUU alone, and as a result, the strike was put on hold. However, NAAT, SSANU, and NASU were all on strike. The lecture halls and classrooms were locked by the non-teaching unions. They also cut off the universities’ water and electricity supplies, almost causing outbreaks on those campuses.