There are strong indications that after eight months reception thanks to the strike action by the educational Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), public universities may soon reopen for educational activities.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this at the inauguration ceremony for the reconstituted centralized team for the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements with ASUU.
He announced that significant progress has been recorded within the negotiations with the union to find lasting solutions to the challenges confronting the education sector, and above all, the university sub-sector.
The minister noted the govt. is additionally worried about the vicious circle over the years of the myriad of commercial actions university unions.
Adamu said, “As you’re quite aware, the central and relevant stakeholders, within the past months, are neck-deep in several meetings with the leadership of the University Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) et al, to resolve the outstanding issues that led to this industrial action publically universities.
“It is noteworthy that although most of residual issues were a part of the great agreement reached with the previous administration, I can report that significant progress has, so far, been recorded and there’s a chance that our public universities, like their private counterparts, will soon reopen for educational activities.”
He explained that the govt team is predicted to require another observe the 2009 agreements reached with the university-based Unions and work with each Union towards making far-reaching recommendations that may reposition the Nigerian university system.
“It has also become necessary and urgent that all hands must now be on deck to restore the confidence reposed in university education by students, parents and the general public,” Adamu said.