Reps will meet Buhari on Tuesday, the FG warns ASUU
According to information obtained by The PUNCH, the leadership of the House of Representatives (Reps) will meet with President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) on Tuesday to discuss the continuing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities members.
The MPs are set to convey to Buhari their recommendations from talks they had with stakeholders on the strike, according to a high Presidency source who did not want his name in print because he was not authorized to speak to press on the subject.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Reps), Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, reportedly stated that the House will write a report detailing its involvement in the ongoing strike and talk with the President about it.
The lawmaker said the report will reflect their interactions on the FG-ASUU standoff and provide recommendations to enable the President to assess the situation from an informed second option. The stakeholders included members of ASUU and representatives of the Federal Government, and they were present at the most recent meeting of the House Leadership.
Gbajabiamila did not, however, specify a time for his team to meet with the President.
He had remarked, “We are here to interface and look for solutions. We will put our proposals and our views together and take it to Mr. President.
The House of Representatives leaders are expected to meet with the President in the near future, according to a Presidency source who spoke with one of our journalists the coming week. They are featured in the show. They will meet with the President on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
FG cautions ASUU
Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has counseled ASUU leadership to cease ordering its members to carry on the strike in defiance of the National Industrial Court’s interlocutory judgment, which barred the union from taking further action.
Olajide Oshundun, the ministry’s deputy director for press and public relations, made this appeal in a statement on Sunday.
The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, as evidenced by the fact that it has filed an appeal and a stay of execution of the order of though it hasn’t, a stay of execution of the National Industrial Court’s judgment was issued on September 21, 2022.
“Instead, ASUU just asked for permission to challenge the ruling. A suggested notice of appeal that the applicant plans to file if leave to appeal is granted is also attached to the application. As of right now, the hearing date for the application for a stay of execution has not yet been set. So where does ASUU come from?
The National Industrial Court’s interlocutory injunction ordering the union to end its strike and return to work is therefore unconstitutional, dishonest, and false. The union should not be telling its members that it has both challenged the injunction and obtained a stay of execution.
Deputy Minister, also denied leaving a meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU in a different statement.
Sokoto State University
Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State, has in the meantime ordered ASUU members at Sokoto State University to return to class or immediately forfeit their salaries.
He urged them to change their minds and return to work, arguing that the problems brought up by ASUU branches in federal colleges were distinct from those that existed in state universities.
He emphasized that last month he stopped paying their wage because he had been sufficiently kind by providing them more than five months’ compensation without interest, and he asked them to resume work if they have the best interests of the state and its students at heart.