The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has scheduled a meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the lingering strike.
Naija News reports that the Speaker made the notice of the meeting known in a letter signed by the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Danzarta, and addressed to the president of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke.
The statement revealed that the meeting with the union will hold on Tuesday, September 20 and will take place at the office of the Speaker.
Gbajabiamila said the purpose of the meeting is to find a lasting solution to the lingering ASUU strike, which has kept students at home for seven months.
The speaker said the Green chamber is concerned over the failed negotiations between the Federal Government and the union and worried about the negative consequences of the strike on Nigerian youths.
He, therefore, asked ASUU to submit a written presentation of its perspective on the matter to the House before the day of the meeting.
The letter dated September 15 partly reads, “The Hon. Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila hereby invites you to a stakeholder 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 an 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.”