Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has prayed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities will accept Federal Government new proposal in good faith.
According to The Punch, Gbajabiamila who made the prayer on Thursday after a 2 hours meeting with ASUU and it’s stakeholders said the lawmakers recommendations will be sent to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
While no agreement has been reached, the Speaker of the Red Chamber is hopeful that the striking varsity unions will accepts the Federal Government offer once presented to them.
At the third of the series of marathon meetings held in Abuja, the government’s side urged ASUU to allow their accommodation under the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
However, ASUU insist on the independent and domesticated platform for university lecturers, challenging the National Information Technology Development Agency to prove that the University Transparency Accountability Solution recommended by it failed the integrity test.
The invited parties appeared before the House on Thursday, with the representatives of the government making a fresh offer to ASUU to allow a modification of the IPPIS to accommodate the peculiarities UTAS seeks to recognise.
This is just as Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the report of the stakeholders’ roundtable and the recommendations of the parliament would soon be ready.
Gbajabiamila, in his closing remarks at the end of the meeting that lasted two hours, pleaded with ASUU to accept whatever the House eventually recommends in good faith.
He said, “I believe this would be, hopefully, the last meeting we are going to have on this matter because from here, the leadership of the House will put together our reports, our recommendations, and our thoughts and take them to Mr President.
“I am hoping that whatever we have done, ASUU will accept it in good faith—this is an independent arm of the government—and that the government will accept it in good faith as well so that our children can return to school, which is what this is all about.”