A new body known as the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) has emerged from the embattled Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This is contained in an invitation sent to reporters on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Oshundun Olajide, for the inauguration of the body.
CONUA, a breakaway faction of ASUU with a presence in a few federal universities, is led by its National Coordinator, ‘Niyi Sunmonu, a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
The message by the Ministry of Labour reads: "The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige cordially invites you to the recognition and presentation of Certificate of Registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA).
"The Programme is scheduled to hold as follows:
"Date: Tuesday, 4th October 2022
"Venue: Hon. Minister Conference Room, Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja.
"Your media organisation is invited to cover the event and strictly by invitation."
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to press home its demands.
Despite a ruling by the National Industrial Court on Sept 21, 2022 ordering the universities to return to work, the University lecturers have remained adamant.