The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has to distance its Union from what it described as deliberate mischief, misinterpretation and falsehood being circulated on various print and electronic media and blog platforms over a supreme court judgement on the 15th January 2021 granting a new trade union known academic staff union of secondary schools, ASUSS as registerable trade Union.
The NUT, National President, Dr Nasir Idris, made this known at the NUT National Press Conference in Abuja, adding that a Trade Union or Association which has not been finally registered and certificated by the Registrar of Trade Union even though it might have concluded most of the process required to obtain registration hold no claim of being a Union.
“As a law-abiding organization, we are in total alignment with the position of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity in a letter Ref No. ML. IB/147/5.1/188 dated 18th May 2012, issued to override the earlier internal memo of 19th May 2008 the ASUSS was claiming, the Honourable Minister granted.”
He further stated that the group of secondary school teachers led by Mr Samuel Omaji making a hollow, deceptive and false claim to have obtained judgement to unionize secondary school teachers is reckless, complete falsehood and extraneous to the decisions of the Supreme Court, as well as and other relevant Labour Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Our numerous correspondences from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity
herein clearly states: in the letter ref No. ML.ITU/128/1/200 on 5th October 2007 addressed to ASUSS, in that letter, the Registrar of Trade Unions said inter alia.
“I refer to your letter dated 13th August 2005, on the above subject and to inform you that your association is not registrable as a trade union in view of Section 5(4) and 3(2) of the Trade Union Act Cap 437 of LFN 1990.”
It could be recalled, in August 2009, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Productivity in a letter Ref No: ML.IB/19.T.31 of August 2009, the Hon. Minister said:
“We urge all well-meaning teachers of secondary schools in Nigeria to remain law-abiding and cooperate with the NUT for the prosperity of the teaching profession, education in Nigeria and the current provision of the Trade Union Act and Labour Laws.
“Therefore, we urge all well-meaning diligent and hardworking Secondary School Teachers, not to fall prey to the media stunts and ill-fated propaganda employed by the drowning leaders of the self-acclaimed ASUSS
aimed at deceiving unsuspecting Secondary School Teachers, into believing that ASUSS is competent to unionize Secondary School teachers when they are not,” he said.