In bid to break ASUU, Nigerian govt registers two new academic unions

The Nigerian government has presented certificates of registration to two more academic unions of universities.

They are the Nigerian Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA), and the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, presented both unions with certificates of registration at the ministry on Tuesday.

The development is the latest ploy by the government to bring the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to its knees over the almost eight-month-old industrial action.

“These associations will exist side by side with ASUU in Nigerian universities,” said Mr Ngige, citing the ILO convention.

He advised the newly registered academic unions not to interfere with the activities of the university management and the governing council.

According to him, ASUU is interfering with the rights of employers by insisting that the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) be…

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