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ASUU Outcry: Speaker Gbajabiamila Appeals For Calm

by Kunle Awosiyan

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has appealed to the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to remain calm in view of their latest outcry over the reported half payment of their salaries by the Federal Government.

In a statement he personally signed in Abuja on Monday, the speaker noted that efforts to find lasting solutions to the concerns frequently raised by ASUU were on, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into the latest concerns raised by the union.

Gbajabiamila noted that the position taken by the Executive that it was not obligated to pay salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike is premised on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.

Speaker Gbajabiamila also restated his commitment to provide sustainable reforms to the Nigerian tertiary education system.

He noted that the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education are multifaceted hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions.

To this end, the Speaker convened a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector.

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