In a bid to stop another round of crisis in the education sector, the House of Representatives, on Tuesday resolved to intervene in the seemingly uncontrollable face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and the federal government.
The leadership of the House will meet with ASUU, the Ministers of Education, Adamu Adamu, and Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige on Wednesday.
The resolution was sequel to a motion of urgent Public Importance calling on the leadership of the house to intervene and stop the strike by ASUU, by Representative Dachung Bagos from Jos South/East federal constituency, of Plateau state,
While moving the motion, Bagos said: “The House notes that ASUU has on the 9th of March 2020 after its National Executive Council meeting (NEC) held in Enugu warned to go on two weeks strike.
“Aware that schools have just resumed for exercise. Concerned that the strike if allowed to take full effect, it will cost a lot of students extra academic year.
“Also concerned that the continued yearly strike by ASUU is becoming a national embarrassment to the country.
“Worried that the continued strike has encouraged education tourism of Nigerians to other countries.”
The House therefore resolved that the leadership should intervene and look into the ASUU strike.
Contributing to the motion lawmakers expressed worry why it has taken the Federal Government and ASUU so long to cone to an agreement.
Speaking in favour of the motion Representative Wunmi Onanuga noted that fight of the lecturers for their right has taken a while, adding that “they do not have to beg for what is theirs.
Also Representative Rimande Shawulu said that a few years ago Nigerians reportedly spent N5billion on education in Ghana and £300 million in the United Kingdom for same, making Nigerian education so brittle.
For Shawulu a strike at this time will worsen the situation., as about a million candidates are seeking admission and only about 250 thousand will get placements and the remaining 800 thousand have nowhere to go. He said the needs of the universities are not being met. Universities are not being properly funded.
Representatives Abbas Tajudden, Marian Onuoha, Obinna Chidoka and Ossai Nicholas were also in support of the motion.
But an amendment by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu broadened the motion to encompass the warring factions.
The House therefore resolved that the leadership should meet with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige; and President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, on the matter.