Ngige Denies Reports of ASUU Proscription Plan, Calls Allegations a Fabrication

Ngige Denies Reports of ASUU Proscription Plan, Calls Allegations a Fabrication

…By Larry John for TDPel Media.

Senator Chris Ngige, the immediate past Minister of Labour and Employment, has refuted claims that the Muhammadu Buhari administration had intended to proscribe the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

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Ngige responded to a statement made by Hon. Aminu Goro, a member of the House of Representatives, alleging a plan to deregister ASUU.

Ngige dismissed Goro’s narrative as a fabrication and stated that no such plan existed under the Buhari government.

No Presidential Approval Needed for Trade Union Deregistration

Ngige explained that as the Minister of Labour and Employment, he did not require presidential approval to withdraw the certificate of registration of a trade union that had violated regulations.

He cited Section 7 of the Trade Unions Act 2004, which empowers the Registrar of Trade Unions to cancel a certificate suo moto, particularly in cases where ASUU had breached Section 37 regarding the submission of audited accounts.

Rule of Law Approach to ASUU Strike

Ngige emphasized that during the 2022 ASUU strike, neither President Buhari nor any of his Ministers considered proscribing the union.

Instead, the Minister of Labour and Employment took the appropriate steps by transmitting an instrument on the issue to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) for adjudication, in accordance with Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004.

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Ngige praised the judiciary, particularly the judges of the NICN and the Court of Appeal, for their role in resolving the ASUU issue and ordering the union back to classrooms.

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