Gov. Diri approves increment in subvention to tertiary institutions …Commends NLC, ASUU, Student union for their peaceful protest

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*Photo: Gov Douye Diri ( in bowler hat) addressing protesting members of the Academic Staff Union of universities, Nigeria Labour Congress and Student unions at the Government House gate in Yenagoa.

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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has approved an increment in subvention to state owned tertiary institutions of learning.

He stated this on Tuesday while addressing protesting members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU ) , the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and students on the lingering ASUU strike.

Commending them on the peaceful protest, Governor Diri said “First, these are not happy moments for us in government, particularly your government of prosperity. There cannot be prosperity when our universities are shut down for over five months, therefore, I like to identify with you and assure you that your message will be sent to the presidency, and we will do that both by writing and every other means that is legitimate to ensure that this problem between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government is resolved.

“I’ll like to commend your very peaceful and exemplary nature in this protest. You have been very lawful in your protest, and please, for us to make Bayelsa State stand tall in the committee of States, this is what we will need

“Our students must go back to learn, and that is why we have decided as a government to invite ASUU during this strike, and we had a very robust meeting with the leadership in Bayelsa State. In our meeting, we resolved that, even though there was a solidarity strike from Bayelsa State, we will continue to pay their salaries, and we have kept that promise up until today.

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, we cannot allow our educational system to die. Let me use this opportunity to inform you that, yes, we have some local ASUU issues, I did set up a committee to resolve those matters, and the committee has been working. There has been an agreement between ASUU local and the State government, and as we speak, I have approved an increase in the subvention to higher institutions.”

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