OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Labour Ministry to adhere to the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Action (MoA) in the interest of Nigerian students.
It further called on the union to call off the warning strike in the interest of the Nigerian education sector.
These resolutions followed a motion entitled ‘Urgent Need to Address the Frequent Strike Actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’ raised during Tuesday’s plenary by Dozie Nwankwo (APGA, Anambra).
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Raising the motion, Nwankwo reminded the House of meetings by the relevant bodies which led to the call-off of the 9month-ASUU strike action which lasted from March to December 2020.
He narrated how the strike action inflicted pains on Nigerian students, parents and the education sector; disrupting the academic calendar and impacting negatively on the teaching staff, their families and the depreciating standards of Nigeria’s Public Universities.
The lawmaker said he is disturbed that shortly after the last horrendous experienced by Nigerians, a one-month warning strike action by members of ASUU has commenced with effect from February 14, 2022.
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According to him, consequences of the strike action are embarrassingly becoming too frequent and with consequences too damning to the education sector.
“Nigeria is losing revenue through Nigerian students who school abroad whereas Nigerian Universities can be raised to the standards of the best Universities in Africa and other parts of the world
All hands must be on deck to avert the strike action and to allow Public Universities to continue with their programmes undisrupted and to resolves such issues dispassionately,” he warned.
The Anambra lawmaker also stressed that one-month strike action is too much disruption to an academic calendar and for an ‘idle man’ to cause havoc; especially in the present university environment infested with cult activities and other social vices.
He further highlighted the benefits and advantages of ASUU’s demands on the overall interests of Nigeria’s public institutions and the well-being of the personnel.
Nwankwo worried that major grounds of dispute bother on issues like the injection of revitalization funds, payment of earned academic allowance and the likes that are obtainable in other African countries like Ghana and South Africa.
The House to this end, adopted the motion when put up for vote by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided the plenary.
It also mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education, Services, as well as Labour, Employment and Productivity to interface with the Ministries of Education, Labour and Employment, Civil Society Organisations, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) and ASUU to address the outstanding issues precipitating the warning strike action.
The committee on Legislative Compliance was also mandated to ensure compliance.