#EndSARS: Nigerian Minister Blames ASUU Strike For Civil Unrest

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has lamented university students are joining the #EndSARS protest.

According to him, the students should be school instead of protesting.

It blamed the development on the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Ngige made the claim Abuja at a reconciliation meeting between the government and ASUU on Thursday Abuja.

According to the News Agency of , Ngige said, “For the past week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting and we pray this meeting will yield good fruits.

“We don’t take pleasure to the fact the children are supposed to be school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT campaigns.

“As much as possible, we will try to see how we can meet ourselves halfway, so that we can resolve this crisis to the benefits of all and the country at large.”

The minister said that FG has commenced the process of testing the University Transparency Accountability Solution created by ASUU.

He said that ASUU have claimed that the will accommodate the peculiarities of the university systems and that the will involve three stages of tests to be concluded within the time frame the union gave the government.

“We have the preliminary report and the test-run on the UTAS, and we believe that with that, we will be able to get it right.

“Let me make it clear to of the press, we never said UTAS will replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information as some are reporting.

“No! The UTAS developed by them is for the university systems and they feel that it captures the peculiarities that are configured to accommodate all the university systems, especially as it affects the professors and other teaching staff and even the non-academic staff.

“We, as government, feel we are going to put it up for tests – three stages of tests. We have done the first stage of test which is within the timeline of six months that ASUU .

“We are going to do other integrity tests — Alpha test, Beta test and the they call roll-over and other whatever test. It is the technologists that know all those tests. But this is the round we are going on now,” he said.

On his part, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, commended Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Ngige, amongst others for making the discussion possible between the concerned parties.

He said, “We are here with an mind and at the same time, we need to put it on record that our there expect much from this meeting.

“Our members are ready and willing to go back to class because it is a matter of national interest. Just like every other person’s child is at home, our children are also at home.”