Federal Government will order VCs to Reopen Universities- Ngige

Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige has said vice-chancellors of universities will be ordered to reopen schools.

He said this to journalists on Wednesday night, the same day the National Industrial Court ordered ASUU to return to the classroom.

“The court ruling does not preclude us from going on with further negotiation and consultations. The pro-chancellors met Mr President and made some demands, such as topping up government offers and seeing whether there could be some bailout. Mr President said in considering it, he will consult stakeholders. So, he is going to consult everybody.”

“If they have shown interest now, it is good and wonderful. When they bring that proposal, the Executive will not have any problem. ASUU should also know that this is a step in the right direction. And all these things have been promised to them by the Minister of Education at their last meeting with him. For me, they should do the needful and get back to the classroom.”

“The government would order the vice-chancellors to reopen the universities in compliance with the order of the court.”

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