President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday evening acknowledged the House of Representatives’ statement on its intervention in the lengthened strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),
information made known by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, after meeting with the President at the State House, Abuja, also expressed hope after the meeting.
Following word from the president, who asked for a few days to go through their proposal, Gbajabiamila said “We came here for one reason and one reason only; after a series of engagements with ASUU and with people on the executive side, we’ve been able to come to some kind of decision, on our part, and recommendations to be made to Mr. President for his approval.
“That’s why we’re here because, as you know, what’s on the front burner today, beyond the politics, is our universities, our lectures, and our children who are out of school and the House of Representatives decided to step in at that point, four weeks ago.
“We’ve had a series of meetings that lasted hours and that’s… we came to discuss with Mr. President about those recommendations. That’s why we’re here.
“Mr. President, as usual, had a very good listening hear and he took the report of the House, accepted it, we discussed it at length, the details of the report, and he wanted to go through them himself and he’ll get back to us.
“We will have another meeting on Thursday, between our good selves and Mr. President, for his final decision”, he said.
Gbajabiamila claimed that meeting as hopeful and positive, the House of Representatives had scheduled more meetings with ASUU, he said “no. We’re done with our meetings with ASUU. We’ve made our reports and we’ve done our recommendations.
“All that is left now, as we speak, is for us to come back here on Thursday, maybe Friday, I don’t know, in the next couple of days for Mr. President. He wants to digest the report in detail and we won’t know anything until Thursday or Friday”, he said.
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