Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Reps
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Reps

Strike: ASUU, FG reach truce as Gbajabiamila intervenes

NEWS DIGEST – There were indications on Thursday that the planned strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will no longer hold following the intervention of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

At a meeting held at the Speaker’s office, it was resolved that the N30 billion revitalisation fund be released to the universities within the next one week while the N22.1 billion Earned Academic Allowances are to be paid also within the next one week.

The meeting was attended by members of the National leadership of ASUU comprising mainly past Presidents of the union led by its President, Prof. Victor Emmanuel; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajuba; Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, Comrade Aminu Suleiman and his Basic Education counterpart, Prof. Julius Ihonvbare.

The Speaker summoned the meeting to find ways of addressing the grievances of the lecturers following a motion of urgent Public importance moved by Prof. Ihonvbare

The meeting also agreed to compel the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to fast track the process of testing and approving the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) being developed by the union for the payment of salaries of university lecturers.

They also agreed to set up a tripathite committee made up of members of the union, the government and the National Assembly to work out modalities for the resumption of renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the union and the government.

Renegotiation has stalled following the resignation of the chairman of the renegotiation committee with the union apprehensive about resumption of the exercise.Strike: ASUU, FG reach truce as Gbajabiamila intervenes