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BREAKING: FG begins move to deregister ASUU, recognises splinter group, CONUA as academic union

The Federal Government has began the process of deregistering the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This is as the government was said to have recognised the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of ASUU, as a trade union.

CONUA, a separate body of academic unions with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.

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This was revealed in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide.

The invitation stated that Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, will do the presentation at the Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja by 2 pm.

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.”

It added, “Your media organisation is invited to cover the event and strictly by invitation.”

Recall, ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022. The union on September 1, 2022, made it an indefinite action following the failure of the government to address the issue.

Some of the things the union is agitating for include; the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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