THE Senate, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to urgently honour the agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, with a view to calling off the strike in the overall interest of the nation’s education sector and students in universities.
The intervention of the Senate came on a day President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the union was yet to be invited to the negotiation table to resolve issues that led to the indefinite strike.
Presenting the motion, Senator Barau said: “ASUU embarked on strike to press demands for 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, promised to release N20 billion to the union.”
“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 is also in the best interest of young people. “Our universities need adequate funding.” In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who urged the federal government to honour all the agreements reached with ASUU, said: “It is important that the Federal Government honour the existing agreement that has been reached as soon as possible so that this strike can be called off. ‘’ASUU should also bear in mind the interest of all Nigerians and ensure that they find an amicable solution to this.”