Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its seven months old strike in the interest of Nigerian students.
Gbajabiamila made the plea during a meeting with the union, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Productivity, and Okolieaboh Sylva, the acting Accountant-General of the federation (AGF), in Abuja on Thursday.
Assuring that the union’s demands were being addressed, the speaker said, “Everybody cannot be wrong. We are working according to everything we said in our last meeting, please in the interest of our children, we have called you in spite of the court ruling.
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Gbajabiamila stated that efforts are ongoing to address the issues surrounding the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment platform proposed by the union.
“We are more or less working for you. There comes a time all conflicts come to an end. We will make our recommendation to the president,” he added.
“You have a very good case, the minister dropped a bombshell before he left but I didn’t pay attention. I understand your feeling and emotion.
“You are not doing it for yourself but for the enabling environment and the future of our children. Please let’s take it and get to the final destination,” he pleaded.