Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, has taken a swipe at Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, over his alleged authorization of the part-payment of salaries to members of the union after it called off its eight-month strike in October.
Osodeke who spoke in a Channels Television program on Tuesday, November 15, said Ngige lost his right as a conciliator after taking the case to the Industrial Court.
He further described the Minister as an “interloper” who wrote to the Minister of Finance personally, asking them to stop payment of salaries to lecturers who were on strike.
The ASUU President said;
“He (Ngige) has gone to court, which means he has lost his right as a conciliator. Once he has taken this case to the Industrial Court, he has lost that right as a conciliator; he has no say again, but he’s still interloping.
“He has nothing. He’s an interloper. If we’re calling him a conciliator, it has gone beyond him.