The protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon be called off as funds have been provided to meet most of the demands of the union. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who gave this hint in Onitsha, Anambra State said the Federal Government will make necessary efforts to ensure that the strike comes to an end this January.
According to Ngige, the issues that made ASUU to embark on strike were based on agreement which the union entered into with the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan which the administration failed to implement before President Muhammadu Buhari took over power.
To the minister, the Buhari administration is labour-friendly and is always concerned about the welfare of the nation’s work force.
On the new minimum wage, Ngige said that the Federal government is going through the process to fine-tune it in order to fulfill the requirements for effecting its implementation for workers. According to the minister, the new minimum wage will not be for government workers only, but will affect all workers in the country.
He told journalists that the bodies concerned about the new minimum wage had finished their work and passed it to the Federal Government.