Gbajabiamila Intervenes To Prevent Another ASUU Strike
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Ministers of Finance and Education to discuss the Academic Staff Union’s scheduled strike at Universities.
News Agency of Nigeria
He made the statement during a plenary session on Tuesday, when the house was considering whether or not to intervene to avert the strike.
Gbajabiamila stated that he would meet with ministers and ASSU leadership to discuss the union-government dispute.
Rep. Julius Ihonvbere (APC-Edo), who introduced the motion, stated that ASUU was threatening to go on strike again over a topic that had been on the front burner for a long time.
The issue, he claims, is still the implementation of negotiated and signed agreements with the federal government.
He claimed that the administration had not been open since the urgent need to reposition and refocus the education sector in accordance with our developmental goals had received no consistent attention.
“If all of the issues, including unpaid academically earned allowances and the universities revitalisation fund, are not resolved within three weeks, ASUU President has vowed to call out his members across the country.”
“Further aware that the future of Nigerian students once again, will be negatively impacted, if this impending strike by ASUU is not nipped in the bud by the Federal Government.
“Incessant strikes disrupt the academic calendar and contribute significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the country, with far-reaching implications for national development.
“Also, strikes encourage brain drain, migration of students abroad and low world rankings of our academic institutions,” he said.
The lawmaker claimed that the federal government has continued to shift the buck since the last strike was called off in December 2020.
Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) stated that a covenant was sacred and that the government-citizen partnership was built on trust.
Ossai stated that he attended university and that the government provided fundamental necessities, and that as legislators, the house must ensure that today’s students have the same opportunity.
Rep. Nkiruka Onyejeocha (APC-Abia) also stated that the agreement was not signed under duress and encouraged the government to follow through with the accord.
The House resolved and urged the Federal Government to take all necessary steps to establish a realistic dialogue with ASUU as soon as possible.
In the interests of our students, their parents, the education sector, and the country, the House encouraged the government to end the strike and follow the signed agreement.
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