Senate intervenes to resolve impending ASUU strike

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its President, Senator Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the latest impending face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), with a view to stopping the impending strike by the union.

Senate’s decision to intervene in the matter was part of a three point resolution that followed a motion of urgent national importance moved by Senator Barau Jubril who chairs the committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND.

The red chamber also called on the executive arm of the government to engage the union in fresh talks to proffer solutions on how best to implement all the agreements both bodies entered into since 2009, including implementation of key necessities that are vital for the wellbeing and development of the universities as canvassed by ASUU.

“Whatever is agreed to be paid to the lecturers and other actions to be taken based on this proposed fresh talks should be captured in the 2017 budget for prompt implementation,” the Senate President noted.

Senate also commended the academic staff union for choosing the part of dialogue rather than confrontation as a means of resolving all the outstanding issues between it and the government, and urged the union not to relent in its commendable approach of dialogue.

It would be recalled that the ASUU earlier this week announced its decision to embark on a warning strike from this Wednesday if the Federal Government does not meet its demand.

Part of ASUU’s demand include, the suspension of the treasury single account (TSA) which it said was hampering the smooth running of the institutions.

ASUU also wants Federal Government to facilitate the registration of the Nigerian universities pension management company.