A group operating under the auspices of Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) have urged Minister of Labour and Employment in Nigeria, Dr Chris Ngige to urgently ensure that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) call of strike or he should honorably resign his position as minister, describing him as incompetent and unfeat to handle such an important office.
The Niger Delta Youth Council made the call via a statement jointly signed by its President, Amb. Comr. Mamamu Bene Youkore, an ECOWAS peace ambassador for youths and Hon. Shadrach Ebikeme, SSA to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as Secretary of thegroup, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide recently.
The statement had noted that for Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment to have played politics with the nation’s educational sector by not doing enough to resolve the ASUU strike for this long shows that he has failed as a minister.
Niger Delta Youth Council had also stated that if at the end of two weeks, beginning from the day of this publication, the group will no doubt galvanise other youth groups in the region to embark on a massive peaceful protest for the urgent removal of Ngige as Minister of Labour and Employment in Nigeria.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has been putting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to proscribe the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for allegedly failing to obey the court ruling directing lecturers to call off their ongoing strike.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home their demand for improved funding for universities, and a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.
Several meetings between ASUU and the federal government have ended in a deadlock.
Consequently, the Nigerian government went to National Industrial Court to challenge the strike.
On September 21, the court granted the government’s application for an interlocutory injunction to restrain ASUU from continuing with the strike pending the determination of the substantive suit.