OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has appealed to the federal government to immediately address the concerns of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is threatening to embark on strike any moment from now.
Furthermore, the House called on the federal government to urgently take all necessary measures to open a realistic negotiation with ASUU to stop the strike and implement signed agreements in the interest of students, parents, the education sector and the country.
The position of the House was sequel to the adoption of a motion of public national Importance sponsored by Julius Ihonvbere (APC, Edo) which called attention to reports that the ASUU President has threatened to call out his members across the nation, if all the issues, including those of unpaid academically earned allowances and the universities revitalisation fund are not addressed within a period of 3 weeks.
Prof. Ihonvbere expressed dismay that once again, ASUU is threatening to proceed on another industrial action on a matter that has been on the front burner for so long, citing the stalled “implementation of negotiated and signed agreements with the federal government.”
He lamented that the “federal government has not been quite forthcoming, neither has it attached any consistent seriousness to the urgent need to reposition and refocus the education sector in line with our developmental objectives.”
He also explained that the future of Nigerian Students once again, will be negatively impacted, if the impending strike by ASUU is not nipped in the bud by the federal government as it portends far-reaching implications for national development, including “brain drain, migration of students abroad and low world rankings of our academic institutions.”
The Edo lawmaker said it was disappointing that the federal government has, since, the last strike was called off in December, 2020, continued to pass the buck, make excuses and engage in diversions and distractions rather than meet the terms of agreement it signed with the Union.
The motion was passed when the question was put by the presiding officer, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.