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Strike: Gbajabiamila invites ASUU, others



Strike: Gbajabiamila invites ASUU, others

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, invited the Ministers of Finance and Education about the strike project of the Union of Academic Staff of Universities, ASUU.

He made the announcement Tuesday in plenary as the House debated the need to intervene to prevent the strike.

Mr. Gbajabiamila said he would meet with ministers and the leadership of ASSU to resolve the disagreement between the union and the government.

Moving the motion earlier, Representative Julius Inovebere, APC-Edo, said ASUU was threatening to take yet another industrial action on an issue that had been at the fore for so long.

According to him, the question remains the implementation of the agreements negotiated and signed with the federal government.

He said the government had not been available as no serious was given to the urgent need to reposition and refocus the education sector in line with our development goals.

“The ASUU president has threatened to call its members across the country if all issues, including unpaid academic allowances and the University Revitalization Fund, are not resolved within three weeks.

“Further, aware that the future of Nigerian students will once again be negatively affected if this impending ASUU strike is not nipped in the bud by the federal government.

“The relentless strikes disrupt the academic calendar and contribute significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the country, with far-reaching implications for national development.

“In addition, the strikes encourage brain drain, the migration of students abroad and the low ranking of our universities worldwide,” he said.

Lawmakers have said that since the last strike was called off in December 2020, the federal government has continued to pass the buck.

Representative Nicholas Ossai, PDP-Delta, said an alliance was sacrosanct and the agreement between government and citizens was based on trust.

Mr Ossai said he went to college and the government provided the basic necessities, saying that as lawmakers the house must ensure that today’s students have the same right .

In addition, Representative Nkiruka Onyejeocha, APC-Abia, said the agreement was not signed under duress and urged the government to honor the pact.

The house resolved and urged the federal government to urgently take all necessary measures to open a realistic negotiation with ASUU.

The house urged the government to end the strike and implement the signed agreement for the benefit of our students, their parents, the education sector and the country.


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