The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja asked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to rescind its decision to embark on a one week warning strike from Nov. 16. noting that it is unconstitutional owing to the prevailing circumstances.
It said, as its employer, the federal government is equally yet to receive any petition from the academic body on their claimed nationwide consultations with it.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment who gave the statement urged ASUU to shelve the strike to make room to address contending issues.
Ngige via a statement issued by Mr Samuel Olowokere, Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, said shelving the strike would ensure wider consultation.
“The claims of nationwide consultations by ASUU cannot be true as the Ministry of Labour and Employment which is the chief conciliator of industrial relations disputes is yet to receive a direct petition from ASUU.
“This is against the Federal Government who is the jurisdictional employer, ‘’ he said.