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FG Approved CONUA, NAMDA Registration To Unbundle ASUU – Ngige

…Set to Pay CONUA 8 Months Salary For Period ASUU Strike Lasted

…Presents Certificate of Registration, Gazzetting to Both Unions in Abuja

The Evangelist
January 18, 2023

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, presented certificates of registration to Congress of University Academics (CONUA) and National Association of Medical and Dental Academics( NAMDA).

In doing so, Ngige said both unions were officially recognised and have been registered to unbundle the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) as well as the National Association of Resident Doctors( NARD).

He made the presentation in his office, where he noted that both unions have been officially gazzetted, hence entitled to all labour rights as enshrined in the International Trade Unions Convention(ITUC).

The Minister gave indications that the Federal Government is working out modalities to CONUA and NAMDA members their withheld salaries for the period ASUU strike lasted, as it would amount to injustice if they are victimised because they never partook in the industrial action in the first instance.

Ngige also noted that the alleged lack of democracy, transparency and failure to render proper account of check off dues by ASUU both to her members and the government culminated in grievances that spurred considerations for registration of CONUA and NAMDA.

He said the gazzetting and certificate presentation were in conformity with section 3:2 of the International Trade Union Convention.

His words, “Trade unionism is for workers and employers of labour to organise themselves and its a voluntary act.

“Prior to 2020 CONUA had approached the Ministry complaining of lack of democracy, transparency in the leadership of ASUU, especially in rendering proper account of their check up dues remitted from government.

“Based o these grievances the Ministry decided to register the members of CONUA to operate as a full fledged union for which we have issued a certificate of registration and gazzetting which is part of section 3:2 of the ITU.

” Unbundling is not new, the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, (NUP) NEPA and NNPC have been unbundled”.

Meanwhile, Dr Niyi Sunmonu,President CONUA corroborated Ngige, stressing that the alleged high handedness of ASUU’s leadership gave birth to the Association.

According to him, now that CONUA have been given official backing through the presentation of certificate, the era of incessant strikes in the university system was over.

He however protested the continued remittance of her members check off dues to ASUU, praying the Minister of Labour to intervene to reverse the trend going forward.

Sunmonu said, “today is a Historic Day and it is exciting to be back to this great Ministry in conclusion of the final phase of the registration of CONUA, which is marked by the collection of Certificate. We appreciate the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and his remarkable team for finalising the registration of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA) with the issuance of the certificate of registration of the Union to us today.

In CONUA, our primary purpose at all times has been to promote the welfare of our members,while being constantly conscious of the overriding national interest.

With this complete registration, we assure Nigerians that we shall embark on meaningful and realistic discussions and negotiations with the Federal Government and all other stakeholders on how we can get a better deal for University lecturers and indeed for better working of the entire system without necessarily rocking and sinking the boat.

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