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Reps meet Buhari, Tell Him How To ASUU strike

Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the house of representatives, says recommendations on ending the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gbajabiamila, who led a delegation of lawmakers to the presidential villa on Tuesday, told journalists that the recommendations were reached after several engagements with members of ASUU.

The speaker said Buhari has accepted the recommendations, but there is yet to be a final decision on the matter.

He said another meeting with the president has been scheduled to hold on Thursday.

“After a series of engagements with ASUU, the leadership came up with recommendations to the president for approval,” Gbajabiamila said.

“They came to discuss with the president the recommendations. The president had a good listening ear. He accepted the details of the report.

“We have another meeting on Thursday to take a final decision after he has digested the report.

“We are done with our meeting with ASUU. We are hopeful because we had a good engagement and he accepted the report and we clarified a few grey areas.”

ASUU has been on strike for over seven months over demands for improved funding for universities, and salary review, among other matters.

Meanwhile, Chris Ngige, minister of labour, has presented a certificate of registration to the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), a breakaway faction of ASUU.

Ngige presented certificates to CONUA and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) earlier on Tuesday.

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