ASUU strike: Ngige blast Lecturers, ‘My children are in Nigerian public universities unlike your children

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On Monday Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, has claimed he has three children in Nigerian universities.

Ngige stated this while answering questions on Arise TV in the morning.

Ngige also restated the Federal Government’s commitment to ending the eight-month strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Minister rebuked remarks that the government was not interested in resolving the issue with university lecturers, because their children school abroad.

Ngige said, “I have three biological children in public schools. They are in public schools; they are not in private universities.

“Unlike ASUU members who have most of their children in private universities, three of mine are here. So, I am a very big stakeholder in the public tertiary school system.

“Two of them have American citizenship; they can be in America but I choose them to be here with me.”

The FG has accepted ASUU’s demand that lecturers be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The government also offered to increase the Earned Allowances to university staff from N30 billion to N35b and the Revitalization Fund from N20b to N25b.

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