The Nigerian government on Tuesday will present a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of ASUU.
The development is in a bid to clip the wings of the striking ASUU lecturers
Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige will do the presentation.
This was contained in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide.
ASUU rival group has been mounting pressure on the federal government to register it, in the belief that it already met all the conditions for registration.
The Minister will this afternoon formally present the certificate to CONUA, as an academic staff union in Nigeria’s university system.
CONUA, a breakaway faction of ASUU with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
DAILY GIST understands that the Congress of Nigerian University Academics, CONUA, broke away from ASUU in 2018 after some disagreements.
CONUA believes strike is not the only way out to resolving disputes.
The message by the Ministry of Labour read: “The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cordially invites you to the recognition and presentation of Certificate of Registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA).
“The Programme is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2022
“Venue: Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja.
“Your media organisation is invited to cover the event and strictly by invitation.”
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home its demands.