ASUU/House of Reps Meeting Outcome
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila and the leadership of the House are to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the resolution of the ongoing face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Gbajabiamila, while addressing journalists after a 4-hour meeting with the leadership of ASUU, led by its president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke and the officials of the Ministry of Education led by the Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, at the National Assembly on Tuesday noted that upon his return from the 77th session of the United National General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the House leadership will present the agreement reached with the striking workers.
Gbajabiamila noted that the meeting “made good progress and covered good ground” with some resolutions reached.
The Speaker also revealed that the leadership of the House has appointed the Accountant General of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Chairman of the National Salary Revenue to ‘ invite a clarification meeting. and Wage Commission on Thursday.
According to him, the issue of the deployment of the payment platform Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) against the current Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPIS) calls for clarity before it comes before Mr. President can be brought to the table.
The Speaker said as an independent arm of government, the meeting with the leadership of ASUU was meant to find a solution to the ongoing labor dispute and the seven areas of their demands with the hope of resolving them for the striking lecturers to go back to school.
According to him, the day’s meeting will enable the House leadership to present the agreed demands to the President with the hope that the matter will soon be brought to an end.
While thanking the labor leaders, Gbajabiamila also expressed his belief that the labor leaders will go back to their members and convince them of the need to buy into the solution with the House leadership to avoid unnecessary delay in the resolution of the issue.
Prof. On his part, Osodeke thanked the Speaker and the leadership of the House for convening the meeting, which he said he hoped an amicable resolution would be reached after the lawmakers meeting with the president.