The Federal Government will present a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of ASUU, on Tuesday in an attempt to clip ASUU’s wings.
Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, will make the presentation.
This was stated in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by Oshundun Olajide, Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The National Coordinator of CONUA, a breakaway faction of ASUU with a presence in a few federal universities, is ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at 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 (CONUA).
“The Programme is scheduled to hold as follows:
“Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2022
“Venue: Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja.
“Your media organisation is invited to cover the event and strictly by invitation.”
Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike to press its demands.
Despite a National Industrial Court ruling on September 21, 2022 ordering the university to return to work, university lecturers have remained steadfast.
ASUU, through its lawyers, filed an appeal against the court ruling last week.