Senate to Avert ASUU Strike

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-15)

Nahimat Adekoga

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is to intervene in the Federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) crisis with a view to averting the pending strike.

It called on the executive arm of government to engage the academic staff union of universities in first talks to proffer solutions on how best to implement all the agreements that both bodies entered into since 2009 and implementation of key necessities that are vital for the well-being and development of our universities as canvassed by ASUU.

The senate also resolved that whatever amount agreed to be paid by lecturers should be captured in the 2017 budget for prompt implementation.

The upper chamber commended ASUU for its chosen path of dialogue rather than confrontation as a means of resolving all the outstanding issues between it and the Federal Government and to urge the Union not to relent in its approach of dialogue.

This resolution followed a motion by sen Barau Jibril (APC Kano North) on the warning strike by the Academic Union Of Universities (ASUiU) demands and the need for the Federal Government to urgently reengage them to amicably resolve the issues in dispute.

The Academic staff Union of universities had on Monday given a one weeks warning to the Federal government to implement the 2009 agreement or face an indefinite strike.

The Senate noted the demands by ASUU that the Federal Government of Nigeria should fulfill ASUU 2009 agreement as well as to carry out certain actions that are necessarily for the wellbeing and development for the Nigerian public universities.

ASUU had decried the introduction of the single treasury account system in the universities claiming that it had   hampered the smooth-running operations of public universities.

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