The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, told pressmen at a briefing in Abuja on Sunday that issues which led to the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and their counterparts in polytechnics had been resolved.
“I should comment now on the ongoing strike which i hope will be called off today or perhaps tomorrow but certainly there will be no strike by this week.
“I expected that by now ASUU would have called off their strike because we have virtually reached agreement on all issues. So, i hope either today or tomorrow but certainly within the week, ASUU strike will be off,” the Minister stated.
Adamu explained that the government had released money to settle outstanding allowances and shortfalls adding that the disbursment would be done by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.
The Minister of Education also commended the Colleges of Education lecturers for ending their strike.
“First, I will like to commend COEASU for calling off their strike. We will like to thank them for being so reasonable and for calling off the strike to allow students to be back in classes.
“Government will reciprocate this gesture by fulfilling all terms of agreement that we have reached with COEASU. In particular, I will like to tell you that we have reached the following agreements: The review of the Polytechnic Act. Government awaits the transmission of the amended document by the National Assembly to Mr. President for his assent.
“We are waiting for the National Assembly to act; revitalization of facilities in institutions and has directed the Minister of Finance to source for additional funding to the tune of N30bn for that purpose. This is in reference to polytechnics and colleges of education and which is one of their demands.
“On the issue of state polytechnics, NBTE has been directed to strenghten regulatory mechanism because their complaint actually is that these institutions are left without supervision so that standards are low. NBTE will see to that,” he said.
However, National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said he was not in a position to say if the strike would end today or tomorrow because the leadership of the union was still awaiting the decision of its members at state levels.