Senate intervenes in Union, FG crisis

The upper chamber assured Nigerians that it will ensure the warning strike by ASUU is called off by next Monday.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and President Muhammadu Buhari

Senator Jibril Barau (APC-Kano) disclosed this when he was briefing Senate correspondents after a closed-door meeting with leadership of ASUU, Minister of State for Education and other stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday, November 16.

"After the deliberation, we set up a sub-committee that will meet with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Budget and Planning to resolve the issues," Barau said.

The Senator, who is the chairman of the sub-committee, assured Nigerians that the parties involved have found a way forward.

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia), acting Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour also said they have resolved to "nip the issue in the bud."

"With the attention of the minister of finance and that of budget and planning, by Monday next week, we should resolve amicably and the warning strike will come to an end," Ohuabunwa said.

Minister of State for Education, Prof. Tony Anwuka also expressed optimism that the issue would be resolved amicably.

"We should be able to find pleasant resolutions," Anwuka said.

On his part, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi thanked the Senate for intervening in the matter.

ASUU on Wednesday commenced a one-week warning strike, which it said would be followed by an indefinite action if its demands are not met.

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