House of Reps Would Make Provision For ASUU N170B Request In the 2023 Budget
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would receive a N170 billion fund in the 2023 budget, according to plans made by the House of Representatives.
The measure, according to the House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, will increase the welfare package for university instructors, he said in a statement on Monday.
He claimed that initiatives were being made to address every concern brought up by ASUU. He said that an additional N300 billion revitalization fund was included in the budget to upgrade the facilities and management of the federal universities.
The 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes the sum of one hundred and seventy billion naira (N170,000,000,000.00) to give an increase in the welfare package of university teachers, is now under development, according to the statement.
The Bill also includes an additional N300,000,000.00 (three hundred billion naira) in revitalization funding for federal university operations and infrastructure improvements.
The Speaker said that President Muhammadu is eager to investigate the most recent problems and worries brought forth by the university professors.
According to Gbajabiamila, the Federal Government’s “no work, no pay” stance during the strike is based on the law.
According to him, the government’s rightful interest in minimizing moral hazard and deterring disruptive industrial operations served as the foundation for the ruling.
“However, efforts have been undertaken to investigate the viability of paying the instructors in part. We anticipate that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who has expressed a desire to do what is appropriate and required to address all pending concerns, will give our request a favorable consideration.
“Implementing significant change requires time, especially when adjustments and changes to systems like IPPIS are needed.
“In order to accomplish our common goals, I thus implore all parties to exercise patience and assume the best of each other’s intentions. Politics should not be played for laughs at this point.
“There is no more urgent goal than preventing any future disruptions to the university academic schedule. The promise and potential of our country’s youth are at stake due to these disturbances, so we must use whatever means at our disposal to thwart this possibility.”