Senate blames Federal Government for ASUU strike

Senate has called for an end to the crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities-ASUU which has led to industrial action by lecturers.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, who moved a motion on the strike at the plenary, blamed the Federal Government for not implementing the agreements it reached with ASUU.

Meanwhile Senate made a U-turn on the source of funding for the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to conduct the 2019 general elections.

While the National Assembly had earlier approved N242 billion naira from only the Special Intervention Programme under the Service Wide Votes of the Presidency, half of the money will now be taken from the 2018 budgets of ministries, departments and agencies.

In a related development; The House of Representatives has passed for second reading, a bill seeking to abolish age barrier in government employment.

The bill, with the long title “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies; and for Related Matters was sponsored by Sergius Ogun and Babajimi Benson.

Ogun, while moving the motion for a second reading, said the new law will ensure that no Nigerian job seeker is disqualified from government employment on the basis of age, adding that the adopting that measure will curb the menace of unemployment in Nigeria.


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