Following the presentation of certificates of registration to two new university based unions, Nigerians on social media faulted the move describing it as a plan to “intimidate” the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The PUNCH reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngig, had in his office in Abuja presented certificates of registration to ASUU splinter group, Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics, and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics and the Congress of Nigerian University Academics.
According to Ngige, the two university based unions will exist alongside ASUU in the university system.
But Nigerians on social media faulted the move.
A Facebook user, Harry Smith, asked, “Why the intimidation? Why not settle them(ASUU) and give them what belongs to them?”
Another Facebook user, Oguntuase Opeyemi said, “ I think the Federal government is just compounding the issues on ground by registering the two new academic unions, the fact that the two unions wrote letters five years ago for their registrations doesn’t mean you should register them amidst the unsettled Issues on ground with the ASUU.
“Though you said they have equal right with ASUU and doesn’t stop the ongoing negotiation with them but are you trying to register them as an alternative or what?
“What about the financial side of it? When you’re still owing the academic staff and not granting their request. I just don’t understand what the Federal Government is trying to do.
Williams Ekohmen also typed on Facebook, “To an extend, federal government foolishly compound more problems instead of solving current problem they added more problems, the new Union must definitely come up with new demand in the future that will be worst than present one”.
Nigerians on Twitter were also not left out.
A tweep, Ashraf Babagana tweeted, “ The essence of government in the first place— is to solve problems but Nigeria’s governmentt are creating problems where there are none as well as compounding existing problems just for personal gains. We definitely need restructuring or secession and not election. We are finished.”
Another tweep, @oyefad, fumed, “ This is arrant nonsense… When did it become the government’s duty to set up organisations that is supposed to fight (against the said government) for the workers right? When are we going to stop being diabolical in our strategies in this country?!!!”.
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