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Gbajabiamila lists the reasons why the FG will not pay ASUU in full.

 

 

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has indicated that the Federal Government may not fully pay university lecturers for the eighth month that the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on strike.

In a statement issued on Monday, Gbajabiamila said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret. ), was expected to approve the “partial” payment proposal presented to him.

The document is titled “Statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep.

The document was titled, “Statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on the Resolution of Outstanding Issues between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government of Nigeria,” and it stated, “When the Academic Staff Union of Universities 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 p This decision was rightly hailed as the correct one throughout the country. Since then, the Executive and House of Representatives have worked to resolve the issues that prompted the strike. We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes a sum of N170,000,000,000 to provide a level of increase in university lecturers’ welfare packages. The bill also includes N300,000,000,000 in revitalization funds to improve federal university infrastructure and operations. In addition, the House of Representatives met with the Federation’s Accountant General, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other stakeholders to facilitate the incorporation of elements of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. Rep. Aminu Suleiman, Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, is in charge of this effort.

“The Executive position is that it is not required to pay salaries as a result of the incorporation of elements of the university transparency and accountability solution into the integrated payroll and personnel information system.” Rep. Aminu Suleiman, Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education, is overseeing this effort. The Executive’s position that it is not required to pay lecturers’ salaries for time spent on strike is based on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in avoiding moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions. Nevertheless, interventions have been made to investigate the possibility of lecturers receiving partial pay. We anticipate favorable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who has expressed a desire to do what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Implementing meaningful change takes time, particularly when appropriations and changes to systems like IPPIS are required.” As a result, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent required to achieve our common goals. This is not the time for political bluffing. There is no more pressing goal than avoiding further disruptions to the academic calendars of the universities. “We must take every precaution to avoid this possibility, as these disruptions jeopardize the promise and potential of our nation’s youth.”

The Speaker recalled that three weeks ago, he called for a national dialogue on the substantive reforms needed to address the underlying issues plaguing Nigerian public tertiary education. “To that end, the House of Representatives is convening a National Summit on Tertiary Education Reform.”

We have requested papers and memoranda from the general public. “We will base our policy recommendations and actions on the submissions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit,” he said.

Gbajabiamila urged all citizens and stakeholders to join “this critical effort to transform our public tertiary institutions into respected citadels of learning.”

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