FG Paid ASUU Half Salary To Prevent Moral Hazard- Speaker, Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives,emi Gbagapyamila, explained that theederal Government paid members of the University Teaching Staff Union (ASUU) half of their salaries in October after their eight-month strike to prevent moral hazards.

Newsonline Reports said House Speaker Gbajabiamila added that the federal government was keen to avoid measures that would encourage a turbulent industrial strike by ASUU members.

This came in a statement issued by the Speaker of the House of Representatives today, Monday, in which he said that President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned about the challenges facing education and will address them.

Gbagapamila added that the federal government has confirmed that it will not pay for the months spent on the ASU strike.

“When the union of university faculty members canceled their industrial strike three weeks ago, it meant that academic activities in our country’s public universities could resume, and students could return to their academic pursuits after a long break,” the statement read. National as the right decision.

Since then, the executive branch and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on the Appropriations Bill 2023, which includes an amount of N170,000,000 to provide a level of increase in the welfare package for undergraduate lecturers. The bill also includes an additional N300 million in revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.”

The House Speaker added that the government has begun work to integrate the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) designed by Arizona State University into the payroll system.

Furthermore, the House of Representatives called the Accountant General of theederation, theederation of Universityaculty Members and other stakeholders to meet to facilitate the adoption of university transparency and accountability solutions elements in the integrated payroll and employee information system. This effort is being overseen by the Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, Representative Aminu Suleiman.

About paying half of the lecturers’ salaries,emi said: “The Executive’s position that it is not obligated to pay lecturers for time spent on strike, is based on the law and the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazards and discouraging disruptive industrial action. . . . However, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of Partial payments to lecturers Looking forward to a positive study by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has expressed his desire for what is wise and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

He also added regarding UTAS, “Implementing meaningful change takes time, particularly when customizations and modifications to systems like IPPIS are required. Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and give each other the assumption of good faith to the extent necessary to achieve our common goals.

This is not the time for political brinkmanship. There is no more compelling goal than to rule out the possibility of further disruptions to the academic calendar of universities. We must prevent this possibility by all means, because these upheavals risk the promise and potential of our nation’s youth.”

To this end, the House of Representatives is holding a national summit on higher education reform. We have requested papers and notes from members of the public. “The reports we receive and expert presentations at the summit will inform our policy recommendations and actions,” Gbagapamila said.


Related Articles

Back to top button