Written by Uzoanya Ugonma
The Federal Government has attributed the current #ENDSARS protests across the country to the prolonged ASUU strike. The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige made this known during a meeting he held with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja on Thursday.
Ngige accused the Union of being responsible for the ongoing protests saying that if ASUU had not been on strike, the widespread protest wouldn’t have been possible as students would be in classrooms learning thereby starving the #ENDSARS movement of participants.
He also pointed out that the government has been working tirelessly to ensure that the dispute with ASUU is resolved and students return to school.
According to the minister, “For the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been attending series of meetings and we pray that this meeting will yield some good fruits. We don’t take very great pleasure to the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT and all the kind of situations. 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 told the Union that the government has tested the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS ) platform which was provided by the ASUU after rejecting the government’s Integrated Personal and Payroll System (IPPIS).
He revealed that series of test would be carried out to test the viability of the platform and its suitability with the government’s finance and accounting protocols.