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Gbajabiamila urges ASUU to remain calm over half salary

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged 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 , Mr Gbajabiamila notes that efforts to find a lasting solution to the concerns frequently raised by the University Union are on, as President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated interest to wade into it.

The speaker says the position taken by the Executive not to pay the full salaries to lecturers for the time spent on strike is premised on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.

“Interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required. Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. Gbajabiamila said.

While restating his commitment to providing sustainable reforms to the nation’s tertiary education system, Gbajabiamila says the challenges facing Nigerian tertiary education are multifaceted, hence the need for all stakeholders to come together and proffer solutions.

He adds that a national tertiary education summit will be convened during which stakeholders will come up with ways to make things better in the sector.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu