From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed optimism that the industrial dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU), which has led to a 7months strike by the union will resolved soon.
Gbajabiamila disclosed this, on Tuesday, while briefing journalists,on the outcome of a meeting between the House leadership, Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah and representatives of ASUU.
The speaker, who stated that the meeting, which lasted for about five hours was fruitful, said the leadership of the House will meet with the Accountant General of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation and the Salaries and Wages Commission, on Thursday, as part of measures to resolve all contentious issues.
According to him, “we have been here for hours now, deliberating on issues regarding the ongoing ASUU strike. We have covered a good ground. Let me just put it that way and we have made very good progress. Like I said earlier, ours is to interface directly with ASUU as an independent arm of government to find out exactly the details and how solutions can be offered like they said two heads are better than.
“Now that the legislative has come in, we are very hopeful based on our deliberations in the last 5 hours that there is light at the end of the tunnel. So, I thank them once again for making this time out in interest of our students.
“There are principally seven areas where ASUU has presented what we consider to be the requisitions for them to go back to class. We have looked at those areas and we have more or less agreed on certain things in pursuant it finalize what the meeting of our minds, we have asked that NITDA, Accountant-general and auditor general and the Wages and Salaries Commission would be invited.