The government confirms that it asked Ngige to withdraw from the negotiation

The presidency has described as false media that Education Minister Adamu Adamu was given two weeks to resolve the ongoing standoff between the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) and the government. The government criticized unnamed sources who provided false information to the media, saying the matter “should be beyond manipulation and guesswork.” In a statement on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed PREMIUM TIMES’ exclusive report detailing how Mr. Buhari ordered Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige to stand down. of the ongoing negotiation with ASUU. The statement says in part; “The outcome of the meeting held by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) to end the unrest of the university unions should be beyond guesswork and manipulation. It is a pity that almost all the media have been fooled by interested sources that are not the authorized spokesmen of the government. “Neither during nor after the meeting was any ultimatum given to the Minister of Education. During the meeting, the Minister of Education requested that the Minister of Labor leave the negotiation so that he can lead and conclude what he had started with the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU). And he promised that he could reach an agreement in the shortest possible time, possibly two to three weeks.” Mr. Shehu added that Mr. Adamu would bring with him other “relevant ministries and agencies with statutory functions and duties related to the issues involved.” Appeal The government, meanwhile, has said it is optimistic the matter will be resolved soon, though it called on all concerned to keep an open mind. Mr. Shehu added; “The Presidency is optimistic that agreements can be reached in an even shorter period if all parties/stakeholders are not stubbornly unrealistic. We call on the parties to work together to end the strikes. “On the part of the administration, all doors remain open for dialogue and resolution of issues.” The government also urged the media not to try to spread misinformation about the ASUU crisis. “Orchestrated media narratives that seek to present a completely different picture, attributed to sources, in the last 24 hours are not helpful at all,” the statement said. Minister urges aviation workers not to join NLC protest in ASUU Meanwhile, ahead of the planned two-day nationwide protest by the Nigerian Labor Congress in solidarity with ASUU, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika called on the country’s aviation workers not to join the protest. . The minister, speaking after the weekly meeting of the federal executive council at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday, said the civil aviation sector must be seen “as a critical national security enterprise”. Sirika said his ministry has been constantly engaging with the aviation workers’ union and the recent threat to join the protest is also being discussed. He said; “Naturally I am worried about this if the aviation union will shut down in support of ASUU. I’d say they don’t need to. I will also say that we should start looking at civil aviation as a critical national security enterprise. It has all the implications. “We must not contemplate or think about an aviation disaster. We should also think about the general activity of the Nigerian economy without civilization. It’s okay. This is democracy, you can make demands, but in making demands you must be reasonable in doing so. Where, the life that you are trying to promote, would be seriously affected and hindered. Where lives can be lost because of their own activity. I think it should be reconsidered. So I think civil aviation workers shouldn’t be a part of this.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; The government confirms that it asked Ngige to withdraw from the negotiation