About eight months after members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced strike, the federal government Tuesday approved the registration of two parallel bodies – Congress of Nigeria University Academics (CONUA), and Nigeria Association of Medical & Dental Lecturers in Academics (NAMDA).
With the two parallel bodies, the government may have broken the deadlock surrounding the university teachers’ decision to carry on with the industrial action following the failure of the two parties to reach a truce.
Consequent upon this, CONUA was presented with a Certificate of Registration at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Tuesday.
This is as the government directed the newly registered unions to resume work immediately.
Meanwhile ASUU President in a statement said “We are all victims. We need the understanding, solidarity and sacrifices of all to ensure that every qualified Nigerian youth who cannot afford the cost of private university education or foreign studies has unhindered access to quality university education.
ASUU strikes are aimed at saving public education, and ensuring that governments (Federal and State) use our common patrimony to support quality public university education. This is our collective obligation”.
Also, Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila intervened during which the federal government dragged the union to the National Industrial Court which ordered the union to return to work.