The House of Representatives’ Committee on Education yesterday prevailed on the Federal Government to sort out all grey areas with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end the lingering strike action.
While frowning at the strike action by ASUU, the lower chamber of the National Assembly appealed to government and the lecturers to quickly sort out their differences.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Education, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, spoke yesterday at the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, during a facility tour of the institution.
Suleiman recalled that two committees on education in the National Assembly had earlier facilitated a dialogue between ASUU and the Federal Government.
The lawmaker believed that the strike would soon be called off going by the steps taken so far by the government.
Suleiman said the committee was in Otuoke to monitor the progress and challenges of the new university.
The committee lauded the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, for his efforts at establishing the institution on a good footing.
He said the committee’scurrent tour of federal universities in the country was part of its oversight function of tracking funds contained in the budget.
He said: “Government through the facilitation of the National Assembly has had a series of meeting with ASUU. When ASUU issued the ultimatum, government was reluctant to meet with them.
“It was at the instance of the National Assembly that we summoned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation alongside the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Education and we impressed it upon the government to meet with ASUU. Thereafter we allowed the two parties to go ahead with their negotiation,” Suleiman said.
The committee expressed appreciation at the institution’s progress after touring the library, hostels, administrative blocks and other structures.
Members of the committee, however, chided poor documentation of the university’s assets and lack of detailed report of contracts awarded by the university.
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