The Federal Government through the Ministry of Education yesterday debunked alleged plan to ban the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The ministry also noted that the failure of the union to call off its strike despite the interventions of the government was unreasonable.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Ben Goong, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja.
Some sections of the media had said the government was planning to proscribe the union and drag it to the National Industrial Court over the strike. Goong said, “We are not aware of such plans.
The minister gave all the updates during his press briefing with State House correspondents. If there were plans to take further steps, he would have noted it.
“As regards the next steps, the government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonise the IPPIS, UTAS and UP3; this will ensure that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will harmonise all the technical peculiarities.
“The government has also rolled out its achievements. A total of N2.5 trillion has been expended in the tertiary education sector in the past 10 years, that is even much more than the amount in the 2009 agreement. The issues about salary adjustment have also been attended to.
“If you bring some demands and almost 80% has been attended to, there is no need to drag the strike anymore. It is unreasonable for the strike to be lingering, seeing as the government has worked towards fulfilling most of the demands.