Senate calls on FG and ASUU to dialogue over strike

OrderPaperToday– The Senate has called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to dialogue and resolve all pending issues in order to end the current Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

The Senate’s resolution followed a motion by Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano) who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.

According to him, ASUU embarked on the strike to demand for an increment in the funding of public universities and the payment of accumulated allowances.

“These issues have been the determinants of the relationship between the union and the government during past administrations. In the true spirit of its good intention towards ASUU, the federal government, in the past two days, has promised to release 20 billion to the union.

“There is an urgent need for the Federal Government and the Union to resolve through dialogue, all the contending issues and arrive at a common ground of understanding.”

Also speaking, Senator Shehu Sani (PRP, Kaduna) backed ASUU’s position on the strike, saying: “Issues raised by ASUU are genuine. The Federal Government needs to fund public universities. The issues raised by ASUU are in the best interest of education in Nigeria and it is also in the best interest of the young people.

“Our Universities need adequate funding and attention. The strike should not be seen as an act of confrontation but an attempt by ASUU to bring to the spotlight, the plight of public universities in Nigeria.”

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki called on the Federal Government to honour the existing agreement with ASUU while calling on the union to prioritise the interest of Nigerians.

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