Gbajabiamila summons ASUU, as Nigerian students threaten to shut down airports over lingering strike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has summoned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for a meeting over the on-going seven-month-old strike.

This was contained in an issued letter, signed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Yahaya Danzarta, and addressed to the president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke. According to the letter, the Speaker expressed his concern over the failed negotiations between the Federal Government and the union.

The letter partly reads, “The Hon. Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, hereby invites you to a stakeholders 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 agreement between the Federal Government and the striking university lecturers. 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”, it further stated.

The letter also asked ASUU to submit a written presentation of its perspective on the matter to the House before the day of the meeting.

Recall that the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has vowed to take its protest to the international airports across the country and ground their activities.

Speaking in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Chairman, NANS National Task Force on ‘End ASUU Strike Now’, Ojo Olumide, said students were already tired of pleading with both parties over the need to end the strike.

According to him, the four-day shutdown of busy highways and expressways had been a success, hence the move to disrupt international travels as from September 19, 2022 in order for “the bourgeois and the Government to feel the pains the students have been passing through in the past seven months”.

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