The Federal Government has blamed the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, for the on-going #EndSARS protest across the country. The government posits that the union’s prolong strike has largely encouraged the protest and civil unrest. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, made the allegation while speaking at the conciliatory meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU in Abuja on Thursday. Ngige opines that if ASUU has not been on strike and the university students are currently in schools, the widespread protest wouldn’t have been possible. Notwithstanding, the minister pointed out that the government was working tirelessly to ensure that the matter is resolve for students to return to school.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, the minister said: “For the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting 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.”