The Minister of Education, Alh. Adamu Adamu has assured Nigerians that the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will be called off hopefully within a week. The minister who gave the assurance at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund in Abuja said the ministry and other major stakeholders were already holding meetings with the union to resolve some of the issues that led to the strike. He assured that with the level of progress made with the union, there was hope that students and lecturers would return to classes within one week.
Our Correspondent Raliat Adenekan reports that Adamu said the union while explaining reasons for the strike, said the Federal Government failed to keep its side of the bargain. He, however, assured that the Ministry of Finance had agreed to do the needful with regard to releasing the funds very soon. The minister of education, however, noted that the ministry did not agree on some issues during the meeting with the union. The Chairman of the Senate committee on tertiary institutions and TETFund, Sen. Barau Jibrin, said the committee was impressed with the briefing it got from the minister of education on the strike action. He pointed out that from the assurance given by the minister, students and lecturers should return to school shortly.