The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, for his intervention in the protracted crisis between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba gave the commendation at the inauguration of the Guest House of the National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employers (NUCANMPE), on Tuesday at Ijoko, Sango-Ota in Ogun.
The speaker and the national leadership of ASUU met on Monday in Abuja over the crisis between university lecturers and the federal government.
He said: “I must commend those that are very proactive in trying to make sure that the actual process of social dialogue to resolve the challenges are put in place.
“At the same time, those who cautioned people who think employment relationship is still old ways of the master-servant relationship.
“Globally, that perspective has changed, the relationship is now symbiosis, which requires mutual respect from both the employers and the employees.
“I think this is what Gbajabiamila was playing out, I must commend him for his significant contributions and essential roles so that in the end it will be a win-win thing.
“I know when they go back to their classrooms, they will be very happy teaching our kids because these are intellectuals and their state of hearts will also speak volumes about how they impact knowledge.
“I commend the speaker’s wisdom, there is no use using cohesion or force in solving the problem but through the provision of dialogue that will comfort everybody,” he said.
The labour leader expressed optimism that ASUU would make a pronouncement soon about its resumption.