The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said on Thursday that the leadership of the House of Representatives will request a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the resolution of the current standoff between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) with the results of its interactions with stakeholders in the dispute.
The Minister of Labor and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngige, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Head of the Federal Civil Service, Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Sylva Okolieaboh, the Director General of the Federal Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, and the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inu The delegation from ASUU, led by its president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, was also present.
Gbajabiamila urged both parties to back down and make concessions from their original demands, saying that the interests of the kids who had been affected by the trade dispute should come first. He added: “We will put together our recommendations and our thoughts and take it to Mr. President, that’s why we are here to interface and look for solutions.”
Once more, let me reiterate: We are running a government; nobody, no individual, no group, whether you are a legislator or not, whether you are legis If the government had given judgment, we could have said, “If there is a stay of execution, I don’t know.” Instead, we said, “We are appealing to you.
The Judiciary Mohas spoken, the Executive has spoken, the Legislature is about to speak together with the Executive; everybody cannot be wrong and only one person is right.” Despite the court’s ruling, we are still searching for solutions. We didn’t even address it here, and I don’t want to address it. The House is pleading with you to put all interests aside and consider the interests of our children. The white paper we promised you would arrive, the letter is here, and it is currently awaiting the President’s final approval. On revitalization, I asked the DG budget here if provision had been made in the budget.
Regarding the UTAS issue, you claimed not to have seen the report; we have it here, so we’ve been working for you. During the interactions, in response to questions from the Speaker, the AGF, Okolieaboh revealed that his office was prepared to address concerns of ASUU over salary payment if that would end the crisis. While the Director General of the NITDA, also disclosed the readiness of the aforementioned organizations.