The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed delight at the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its strike.
A statement from the Lagos lawmaker said the decision was the right one as it would allow students in public universities to resume their academic activities.
Gbajabiamila, however, added that the suspension of the strike did not mean that the issues of funding, standard of education and welfare of students and staff had been resolved.
He thanked President Muhammad Buhari, Secretary to the Government Boss Mustapha, Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke and the ASUU leadership.
Gbajabiamila also commended his colleagues in the House of Representatives for their decision to intervene in the negotiations with ASUU.
He said he was confident that the House of Representatives would work to ensure that the federal government honoured its commitments.
The Green caucus leader regretted that the industrial action had occurred at all.
“What is even more regrettable is that it lasted as long as it did. We must ensure that this never happens again.
“Our public universities should be citadels of learning and innovation where young people discover themselves and reach for the stars.
The Speaker called on government, universities, unions and citizens to begin a critical discussion on the future of public higher education.
He wished young Nigerians well as they return to school and encouraged them not to let the disruption stop them from pursuing their ambitions and dreams.