CONUA, NAMDA can coexist with ASUU, FG begs NLC
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on October 19, 2022
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to stop its opposition to the registration of two new academic unions in the Nigerian public university system.
Recall that the new unions – the Congress for Nigerian University Academics, CONUA, and the Nigeria Association of Medical and Dental Academics, NAMDA – received letters of recognition recently during a ceremony at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja.
However, the Head, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, quoted a letter to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, by the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, which demanded the withdrawal of the letters issued the new unions, on the grounds that their registration contravened the laws guiding trade unionism.
Vanguard reports that In the reply letter dated October 12, 2022, Ngige appealed to NLC to allow the new unions to exist in the spirit of Freedom of Association, insisting that the Trade Dispute Act 2004 gives him the sole power to register new trade unions, either by registering a new union or regrouping existing ones.
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