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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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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