#After Resolving Aviation Crisis With Speed Of Light, Senate Opts To Intervene In ASUU Crisis With Speed Of…

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The President of Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan has called on Nigerian students to shelve their plan to disrupt election activities in the country over the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) according to the Headlinenews.news reports.

The Senate President made the call while receiving the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Sunday Asefon, in his office on Tuesday May 10, 2022.

According to the Senate President, the Nigerian Senate will intervene and bring back FG and ASUU to negotiation table as it had once done before but failed.

The intervention of the Nigerian Senate comes at a time the National Assembly and Federal Government came under heavy criticisms over their swiftness in responding to the strike threat of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).

According to many comments on social media, monitored by Intel Region, Nigerians criticised the government for putting much more value in flight operations than the education and survival of its human capital.

The Senate President however in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, said the Senate is now ready to intervene in the ASUU/FG crisis by bringing back the two parties to the negotiation table.

The Senate Presdent in a meeting with the NANS Executives said the the Senate had intervened in the past before everything broke down again.

He also lamented that whoever signed the 2009 agreement for the Federal Government did not put his adequate intelligence into his actions as the person just wanted ASUU to resume.

In his words, he said; “Somebody just wanted ASUU to go back to the classroom and just signed everything there. We must understand that there are things that when we promise we should do, we must do.”

The Senate President urged Nigerian students to be patient as they are going to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

“I want to be very positive that we are going to resolve this issue as soon as possible by the Grace of God,” Lawan said.

The crisis between ASUU and the Federal Government has been on for several decades, the most recent strike action by the University union has seen all academic activities in Nigerian universities shut down for the past three months and will probably remain shut for the next three months.

Nigerian students have engaged in protests against the strike in several cities across the country, they have all been appealing to whosoever is concerned to help resolve this issue and it is unclear if the Government will be eager to respond to them with the speed of light as it did with the Aviation crisis.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the Federal Government and ASUU will resume its negotiation on the 16th of May, 2022.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter of ASUU, and member of the union’s National Executive Council, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, who spoke with our correspondents in Abuja.

According to him, he is aware that there will be a meeting between FG and ASUU on May 16 but he is not aware of any invitation from the Minister of Labour and Employment.

He said: “I am aware there will be a meeting coming up next week from May 16 with the government, but we are not aware of any invitation from the Minister of Labour and Employment. Holding a meeting is not the issue, the most important thing is the implementation.

“They will call us for meetings and then say the government does not have the money. When aviation declared strike, they settled it because they are mostly affected. Once our leaders are not affected, they do not care. When bad fuel was imported, they did not really care. Our leaders are not sincere, the day the government becomes sincere, issues will be settled,” he said.

The Federal Government has also been faced with several problems after two other university unions rejected the government’s payment system – IPPIS.

The rejection of IPPIS is one of the major issues ASUU had with FG and now, NASU and SSANU have followed the footsteps of ASUU by proposing an alternate payment medium.

While the ASUU strike lingers, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has also threatened to shutdown academic activities in polytechnics and colleges of technologies after the government couldn’t give positve response to its one month notice of strike which elapsed on May 4, 2022.

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