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FG and ASUU convene to prevent potential labor disputes in the future

Barr. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has initiated discussions with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to develop strategies for promptly resolving industrial disputes before they escalate into significant crises.

During the closed-door meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Onyejeocha encouraged ASUU to collaborate with the government for the collective benefit of the nation. She emphasized that the current administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda should serve as a rallying point for all sectors, including education, to progress harmoniously.

She emphasized the imperative of ensuring a seamless academic session in Nigeria for the year 2024 and beyond.

As a product of the university system herself, Minister Onyejeocha expressed her ambition to expand the role of the Ministry of Labour and Employment beyond mere mediation during strikes. She stressed the need for the ministry to actively participate in preventing such actions.

Onyejeocha sought the cooperation of ASUU’s leadership, led by President Comrade Emmanuel Osodeke, in sharing all the union’s challenges with the ministry. This, she believed, would enhance mutual understanding and help prevent industrial disputes.

The Minister assured the ASUU delegation that the doors of the ministry are open for transparent dialogue, aiming for complete openness and cooperation. She highlighted the importance of prioritizing open communication and proactive problem-solving to ensure a smooth academic session in 2024 and beyond. Onyejeocha underscored the significance of both parties working together to contribute to a thriving educational landscape.

“I urge your cooperation in allowing the ministry to be fully informed about all the issues you deem important,” she stated. “Let’s align our perspectives from the beginning to the end, all in the spirit of the Renewed Hope Agenda. The Labour Ministry should not just react but be proactive, actively engaged in the resolution of every issue. As a product of the university system, let’s be united in pursuit of the Renewed Hope Agenda.”

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