- Finally, there are reasons to believe that the prolonged ASUU industrial action will come to an end in no time
- This is as the federal government on Saturday, February 2, revealed that it has released the sum of N16.8 billion to settle outstanding arrears
- The minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said that the federal government had reached agreement with ASUU in the hope that the strike will end soon
In a decisive effort to resolve issues that started the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU)'s prolonged strike, the federal government has released N16.8 billion to settle outstanding salary arrears of lecturers in universities.
The minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, revealed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Saturday, February 2, adding that the fund is to be released by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Vanguard reports.
Adamu stated that the federal government had resolved all issues, waiting for ASUU to end its industrial action.
The minister further stressed that agreement on the following have been reached: review of polytechnic act; government awaits the transmittal of the amended document by the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent, revitalisation of polytechnics and colleges of education and renegotiation of the 2010 agreements.
Adamu remarked that the federal government had directed Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, to source for additional N30 billion for polytechnics and colleges of education.
Adamu said: “Also for state owned polytechnics; the National Board for Technical Education has been directed to strengthen its regulatory mechanism including developing a new template for accreditation to address observed weaknesses.
“And to ensure that proprietors of polytechnics including states and private owners meet their obligations to their staff.
“Again as a demonstration of Government’s commitment to continuous dialogue with the staff unions, the ministry will provide alternative funding for the stalled renegotiations in the polytechnics sub- sector.
“The National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education have also been directed to ensure compliance with the approved schedules of meetings with their respective Unions.’’
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Adamu noted that the federal government had reached agreement with ASUU, and is optimistic that academic activities throughout universities in the country will resume in no time.
He praised the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) for calling off its strike to allow students continue with their studies.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had said that university students may soon return to their various higher institutions as ASUU could call of its strike starting from Monday, January 28.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, speaking with journalists after a press conference on Friday, January 25, said there was a possibility of university lecturers ending their strike soon. “Perhaps, by next week, I hope the ASUU strike will be over," the education minister, Adamu said.
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