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House Of Reps Meets with Asuu And Other Shareholders Concerning The Lingering Strike

Academic Staff Unon of University ( ASUU) is to meet with the house of Representatives and other stakeholders to find lasting solution to the lingering strike embarked by the union.

This is subdued in a statement issued by Mr Yahaya Danzaria, the Clerk of the House of Representatives in Abuja  on Monday. Mr Yahaya  said the meeting would take place on Tuesday at the National Assembly, the House of Reps wing.

Mr Yahaya said the meeting with Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) and other critical stakeholders was organized towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering strike embarked upon by ASUU since Monday February 14,2022.

According to Mr Yahaya, the House of Reps is greatly concerned about the renewed strike which seems to have disobeyed all efforts made to find solution.

He added that the House was concerned there had been no agreement reached between the Federal Government and the striking University lecturers. He said that the House was more worried on the negative consequences of the strike on the future and quality of education of the teeming youths.

He said the youth had been kept at home for the past six months despite the intervention of the House and several well-meaning Nigerians overtime to see that the matter was resolved.

“In the light of the foregoing, the House hereby request for another opportunity to come together with stakeholders and leadership of ASUU to seek a amicable resolution.”

He said that this was without preconceived notion to the fact that the matter was already in the Industrial Court.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports ASUU has been on strike for nearly seven months, since Feb. 14, over the alleged unfulfilled deals. Among the lecturers’ demands are better funding and equipment of Nigerian public universities and increase in payments.

News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the union demands include funding of the Renaissance of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.Others are the postponed of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconstancy in the combined Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

The federal government said it will not sign any other agreement it cannot implement. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this in Abuja during a meeting of Pro-Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities, held at the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Adamu Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari warned the government team involved in the negotiation with ASUU against signing an agreement that government would not be able to fulfil.

But Malam Adamu said the federal government could only afford a “23.5 per cent salary increase for all categories of the workforce in federal universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35 per cent upward review.”

He also said N150 billion would be provided for in next year’s budget for the reopening of federal universities, with another N50 billion for the payment of outstanding academic staff allowances

The minister said the meeting of the heads of universities, called together at the instance of NUC, became “necessary and urgent due to certain misconceptions and misinformation in the public domain, regarding the ongoing strike action by ASUU.”

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