The House of Representatives decided to intervene in the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over unpaid salaries for the past eight months.
The decision of the lawmakers follows a unanimous adoption of a motion by Paul Nnamchi and co-sponsored by Aminu Jaji, Julius Ihonvbere and Lilian Orogbu at plenary on Thursday.
While moving the motion, Nnamchi stated that university professors played an important role in the education system by providing knowledge, guidance, and mentorship to future leaders.
ASUU, a registered association of academic professionals in Nigeria, was committed to the growth of education and research within the university, according to the congressman.
He recalled that in 2022, ASUU members went on an eight-month strike due to the federal government’s failure to honour past agreements with the union.
Nnamchi noted that strike actions, aimed at addressing systemic issues, had unintentionally led to financial consequences for dedicated lecturers who participated in the strike.
“Worried that the unpaid salaries can negatively affect lecturers’ morale, job satisfaction, and teaching effectiveness, thereby affecting the quality of education provided to students.
“The educational success and prospects of students are intricately linked to the financial security and dedication of teachers.
“Resolving this issue is crucial for the stability and excellence of universities, the welfare of educators, and the nation’s economy,” he said.
The Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas in his ruling, mandated Committees on University Education, Finance, Appropriations, Labour and Productivity, and Legislative Compliance to interface with ASUU and the Federal Government.
He charged the committee to resolve the eight months outstanding salary of lecturers following the ‘no work no pay’ policy and report back within two weeks for further legislative actions.
President Bola Tinubu has, however, approved the partial waiver of the “No Work, No Pay” order preferred against the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).