The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has indicated that the federal government may not pay the full eight months of university school stipends from the university faculty alliance.
Femi Gbajabiamila said in a statement issued Monday that President Major General Muhammad Buhari (retired) is awaiting approval of the “partial” payment offer submitted to him. Titled “Declaration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the Settlement of Outstanding Issues between the Universities Faculty Association and the Federal Government of Nigeria,” it read: “When the Academics Association of Universities called three weeks ago, union action meant that academic activities could It resumes in the country’s public universities, and our families and students can return to their studies after a long hiatus. This decision was announced nationwide as the right one.
Since then, the Executive Council and the House of Representatives have worked to address the issues that led to the strike. We are currently working on Credits Act 2023, which includes an amount of N170,000,000 to provide an increase in our College Teacher Benefits Package. The bill also includes an additional N300 million in recovery funds to improve infrastructure and operations of federal universities.
In addition, the House convened the Association of Public Accountants, the College’s Academic Staff Coalition and other interested parties to facilitate adoption of the transparency and university responsibilities solution elements in integrated payroll and employee information systems. This effort is supervised by the head of the Ministry’s Higher Education Committee, a representative.
“The CEO position has no salary obligations due to the implementation of the elements of the university’s accountability and transparency solutions in the integrated payroll and human resources system. This effort is being overseen by the Chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, Congressman Aminu Suleiman. “The operator’s position that there is no obligation to pay teachers’ salaries during the strike period is based on the law and the legitimate interest of the government to prevent moral hazards and discourage actions that cause harm. The union problem. However, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payment of teachers.” We look forward to receiving the positive attention of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has expressed his desire for what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.
“Implementing important changes takes time, especially when it comes to customization and changes in systems like IPPIS. I therefore urge all parties to be patient and give each other the level of goodwill necessary to achieve our common goals. This is not the time to make political choices. No goal is more urgent than to rule out the possibility of further disruption to university schedules. We must prevent this possibility by all means, because these upheavals threaten the promise and potential of the youth of our people”.
The President noted that three weeks ago he had called for a national interview on the substantive reforms needed to address the fundamental problems plaguing Nigeria’s public higher education. To this end, the House of Representatives convened the National Summit for Higher Education Reform. We have requested documents and notes from the public. The contributions we receive and expert presentations at the Summit will shape our recommendations and policy actions”.
Femi Gbajabiamila called on all citizens and stakeholders to participate in “this important effort to reinvent our public higher education institutions into respectable educational strongholds”.