The Federal Government, Wednesday, stated that there is no Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, which currently awaits signing by the President. A statement by the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, signed by the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Olajide Oshundun said that even when such a Collective Bargaining Agreement is produced between unions and the Federal Government, it is not the President that signs but by the Government side, MDAs led by the direct employer with the concillliating ministry witnessing. Accordingng to the statement, “This clarification has become necessary in view of the deluge of deliberate misinformation being dished out to Nigerians by the President of ASUU, Prof. Osodeke as well as his branch leaders, calling on President Buhari to sign an agreement which they claimed to have reached with the Federal Government. “We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that has been reached between the Federal Government, ASUU and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances (wages). What is in existence is a proposal?
“Even when such CBA is made, it is not the President that signs it. From available records, no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such
“The true position is that Nigerians are aware that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022 and locked in negotiations on their demand, especially of their conditions of service – wages, salaries, allowances and other public service matters, that should be guided by relevant Federal Government Ministries and agencies – Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Budget office of the Federation, National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Office of Head of Service of the Federation, through the newly set up Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee.
“Note that that Prof Nimi Brigg Committee just like the Prof. Munzali Committee it replaced, is an internal committee of the Ministry of Education to receive ASUU demands and renegotiate areas of 2009 Agreement while also receiving briefs from the MDAs mentioned above that act as advisers, before making any counter offer to ASUU and other unions.