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“Back To Class In Harvard”, Gbajabiamila Says Amid NLC Protest, ASUU Strike

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says he has returned to class as he shared a picture of himself at Harvard University.

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“Back To Class In Harvard”, Gbajabiamila Says Amid NLC Protest, ASUU Strike

Gbajabiamila said that he travelled to Harvard for a leadership course in a post on his handle on Tuesday.

He captioned the photos, “Back to class. In a leadership course at #Harvard #Kennedy_School. Forget the number of grey hairs one is never too old to learn, broaden or sharpen your skills.”

The Speaker’s post comes amid a nationwide protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress to demand the reopening of tertiary institutions in the country.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has downed tools for the past five months, leaving schools across the country shut.

Why ASUU Is On Strike

The failed to fully implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with ASUU on December 23, 2020, even when the draft report of the renegotiated 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement had been submitted for finalisation for more than nine months.

Besides, ASUU also noted that the forceful payment of ASUU members’ salaries and emoluments with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) have continued to shortchange its members.

Highlights of the contentious FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement include the following: funding of the universities to provide infrastructure and facilitate teaching and learning, university autonomy and academic freedom, improved staff welfare and condition of service, refusal to honour the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), and re-negotiation of the agreement.

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