The Speaker of the house of representative, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila have convinced the University trade Union to have faith in the promises made by the Ministers, and step down the impending strike since there is no issue that has been left unresolved.He made this statement on Thursday during the meeting between the Ministers of Finance and Education and the ASUU leadership, following the threat of strike by the University trade Union due to the failure of the Federal Government to implement some part of the agreement entered into by the two parties.
The speaker was able to broke a truce with the Federal Government and ASUU agreeing to four major contending issues.
Gbajabiamila added that “it will be irresponsible of us, as leaders to sit and watch things deteriorate. We have to be mindful of the unintended consequences of strike actions that can be far-reaching, knowing how important education is to the children and the future of our country”.
“He noted that whatever the issues is, strikes cannot continue to be a perennial exercise, strike can not be the tool we use at all times but only when things finally breakdown, and also the Government should not go into agreement it can not honour”.
The Federal Government has given its promise during the meeting to make available the University Revitalization Fund of #30b with one week, and also the #22b Earned Academic Allowance component from the education sector budget.
The Federal Government further said that it is not averse to the deployment of the proposed alternative payment platform University Transparency and Accountability Solution,(UTAS) developed by ASUU as opposed to the integrated personnel and payroll Information System (IPPIS).
Hajia Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, informed the speaker that the government is waiting for the report of the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to take the next step.
Furthermore the ASUU president, professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke said the issues in contention have been resolved, but for the listed and that the union called for the strike action due to traditional reneging on agreement by the federal government.