The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has written to the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU ahead of their meeting scheduled for September 20, 2022.
Recall that Lagos-based lawyer and rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), had revealed the scheduled meeting last week.
Falana, the lawyer of ASUU, hinted that the meeting with Gbajabiamila could lead to the resolution of the face-off with the Federal Government and the eventual calling off of the now over seven months strike.
The union had been on strike since February 14, 2022.
Gbajabiamila in his letter to the leadership of ASUU, signed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzarta, and dated September 15, 2022, called for a written position by the leadership of the lecturers’ body ahead of the meeting.
An online report reported that the letter, addressed to the union’s president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, read: “The Hon. Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, hereby invites you to a stakeholder meeting towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities since February 2022.
“The House of Representatives is deeply concerned about the renewed strike which seems to have defied all efforts made to find a solution or reach an agreement between the Federal Government and the striking university lecturers.
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“The House is more worried by the negative consequences of the strike on the future and quality of education of our teeming youths who have been kept at home for the past six months despite the intervention of the House and several well-meaning Nigerians over time to see that the matter was resolved.
“In the light of the foregoing, the House hereby requests for another opportunity to come together with stakeholders and leadership of ASUU to seek an amicable resolution without prejudice to the fact that the matter is already in the Industrial Court.”