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ASUU outcry: Gbajabiamila appeals for calm, says Buhari to intervene soon ...restates commitment to reforming tertiary education

ASUU outcry: Gbajabiamila appeals for calm, says Buhari to intervene soon ...restates commitment to reforming tertiary education

The Speaker of the House of Representatives 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, 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.

"When the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off their industrial action three weeks ago, it meant that academic activities could resume in our nation’s public universities, and students could return to their academic pursuits after the prolonged interruption. This decision was rightly heralded nationwide as the correct decision.

"Since then, the Executive and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes 170 billion naira to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers.

The Bill also includes additional 300 billion naira revitalisation funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.

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 will convene a national tertiary education summit during which stakeholders would come up with ways to make things better in the sector.