Members of the House of Representatives have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the Federal Government has treated the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) which has crippled academic activities across the country for several weeks. Reacting to a motion in this regard moved on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Hon. Sani Zoro, the House urged the Federal Government to immediately find lasting solutions to the perennial strike by the ASSU with its attendant consequences on the education sector.
The lawmaker informed that there is virtually no year that the Union does not embark on strike to demand for the development of the education sector. He implored the Government to pay more attention to the demands of the Union in order to forestall further interruption of academic calendars. Hon. Zoro stated that threats of "no work, no pay" by the government is a negative approach to issue.
Lawmakers further urged the government to invest more in the education sector; adding that the current state of most the educational institutions in the country is appalling.
In another development, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha and other Lawmakers requested the management of the National Assembly to quickly look into the grievances of the parliamentary staff who protested over neglect of welfare and non-payment of salaries and allowances. They also called on the association to always resolve their grievances in a more amicable and peaceful manner, especially when they know that the leadership of the 8th National Assembly operates an "Open door" policy, thus are always available and ready to attend to staff complaints.
Also, the House passed some Bills both for second and third readings. One of the Bills passed for third reading on the floor of the House on Wednesday was a Bill seeking to amend the Asset Management Corporation Act, sponsored by the Chairman, Banking and Currency Committee, Hon. Jones Onyerire.