Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Saturday called for a speedy and amicable resolution to the almost three-month-old Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
He made the call in a statement signed by his spokesperson Ola Awoniyi to celebrate Nigerian workers on the occasion of this year’s May Day.
“Nigerian workers deserve our appreciation and respect for their contributions to the development of our country,” Lawan said.
“I also salute them for their patriotic cooperation with the government and other institutions in the collective efforts to address societal challenges.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Labour creates wealth for the nation, the more reason that the welfare of the Nigerian workers should always be accorded priority.
“As Parliament, the National Assembly will continue to partner with the Organised Labour in addressing issues that affect workers and the generality of the Nigerian people.
“Despite the prevailing challenges, the relationship between Labour and the Government should be cooperative in the overall interest of the country.
“In the spirit of May Day, I appeal for a speedy and amicable resolution of the ongoing negotiations between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to ensure that our universities reopen for learning and research.
“We should always be mindful that no society can make meaningful progress without industrial peace and harmony.
“Once again, I say congratulations to all Nigerian workers and wish them a happy May Day.”