The Nigeria Labour Congress has told the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige of the decision of the ministry’s Office of the Registrar of Trade Unions to reject the four years audited reports of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
ASUU had accused the Federal Government of withholding the November 2022 check-off dues of the union despite initial deductions from the source.
Ministry of Labour and Employment said that the dues were withheld because of the failure of ASUU to submit the reports.ASUU had insisted that the report was presented to the government.
To prove its claim, a member of the union’s National Executive Council made letter available.In the letter dated September 22, 2022, and addressed to Ngige, NLC noted that efforts by ASUU to submit the reports were truncated by the officials in the ministry.
The NLC, in the letter, claimed that the short notice given to ASUU to submit its reports at a time there were threats by the Registrar of Trade Unions to withdraw the union’s certificate of registration and the refusal to accept the same documents upon submission suggested a very sinister agenda which is capable of destroying the current general harmony in industrial relations in Nigeria.