The Nigerian Labor Congress duly informed the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, of the decision by the Ministry’s Trade Union Registrar’s Office to reject the four-year audited reports of the Universities Academic Staff Union. the punch reports.

the punch reports that ASUU had accused the federal government of withholding the union’s November 2022 discount dues despite initial deductions from the source.

Confirming the development, Ministry of Labor and Employment spokesperson Olajide Oshundun told The PUNCH that the quotas were withheld due to ASUU’s failure to submit the reports.

ASUU had insisted that the report be submitted to the government.

To prove his claim, a member of the union’s National Executive Council on Wednesday made available to our correspondent a letter written by NLC.

In the letter dated September 22, 2022 and addressed to Ngige, NLC noted that ministry officials thwarted ASUU’s efforts to come forward with the reports.

The letter which was signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba reads in part: “It is our understanding that ASUU had responded to the directives of the Register of Unions to submit its annual financial reports and audited accounts within 72 hours. ASUU’s annual financial reports and audited accounts as requested were submitted by ASUU to the Trade Union Registry Office of the Federal Ministry of Labor in less than 24 hours, specifically on September 8, 2022.

“We are very alarmed that the staff members of the Office of the Registrar of Unions refused the timely submission of annual financial reports and audited accounts by ASUU in accordance with the directives of the Registrar of Unions. The staff members revealed that they had strict instructions not to accept ASUU’s annual financial reports and audited accounts.

“Subsequent attempts to send the union’s financial documents requested by courier services were similarly refused by the Trade Union Registry Office.”

The NLC, in the letter, claimed that the short notice given to ASUU to submit its reports at a time when there were threats by the Registrar of Unions to withdraw the union’s registration certificate and the refusal to accept the same documents once presented suggested: “a very sinister agenda that is capable of destroying the current general harmony in industrial relations in Nigeria”.

When our correspondent approached the ministry spokesperson, Oshundun, about the content of the NLC letter, he said that he would investigate and contact our correspondent.

It has not done so at the time of filing this report.