Forever donning a skull cap with a white moustache reminiscent of the African he-goat, Dr Chris Ngige cuts the perfect picture of a village palm wine tapper. But please don’t be fooled by his looks, the man is far more intelligent than he appears.
Having presided over endless rounds of unfruitful negotiations with another diehard union, ASUU, our dear Minister of Labour has had enough of the academics’ bullshit. And in fighting back, Ngige has become the man on whose shoulders lies the unenviable responsibility to balkanize and masticate the single labour union that has locked down the public universities in Nigeria for more than 8 whole months. Who does that?
To permanently clip the wings of ASUU, Chris Ngige has approved the registration of two breakaway unions from ASUU – CONUA and NAMDA. And surprisingly, the minister has succeeded in pulling off this stunt through some disgruntled members of the quarrelsome ASUU. In addition, ASUU faces the risk of de-registration to its failure to file reports of its activities in the last few years.
One lesson we can deduce from the ensuing drama is the fact that there’s always a Nigerian or group of Nigerians willing and ready to play the spoiler at any given opportunity. Whether in private or public, Nigerians are simply too willing to rock the boat when the tides become a little too stormy. I guess with this, ASUU’s days of Command and Control may just be over.
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