The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has countered allegations by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, of not settling dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment deputy director of press, Charles Akpan, Ngige’s three children are also affected by the strike in the same way it affects all Nigerians.
The statement partly read, “The truth is that any strike by university lecturers also affects Ngige and his children the same way it affects ordinary Nigerians.
“During the 2020 strike, the honorable minister doubled as a concerned parent and Federal Government official, having three of his children in three medical schools in three different public universities in Awka, Lagos and Uniabuja.
“This doesn’t include the numerous fatherless and indigent students from all parts of the country that he is catering for under his foundation’s scholarship programme.
“It defied logic that Ngige as minister whose children and wards are in public schools would sleep comfortably as university lecturers shut down classes.”