Lawmakers Beg Uniabuja ASUU To End Strike

By Alice Etuka, Abuja

The House of Representatives Committee on University Education has called on disgruntled members of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike.

Chairman of the committee, Abubakar Fulata stated this in an interview with newsmen on Friday, June 21, 2024 after a visit to the University in Abuja.

Fulata said the appeal became necessary to prevent destabilising the academic calendar.

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He said the visit aligned with the constitutional provisions empowering legislators to carry out oversight functions over Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure compliance with the Appropriation Act.

He called on the institution’s management to judiciously utilise what was provided in line with the 2024 Appropriation Act.

He also advised them to seek additional ways to fund the university instead of relying almost absolutely on the government.

On his part, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, commended the lawmakers for their visit and for intervening in the dispute between the school management and ASUU.

Na’Allah lauded the committee for its efforts that resulted in the Federal Government removing universities from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“The removal of universities from IPPIS helped us from going to the Head of Service of the Federation and several MDAs before carrying out our functions like salary payment, appointments, and promotion among others,” he said.

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