The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, said there was no problem between the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), and the Federal Government to warrant another round of strike
Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, said that despite threats of industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), the union will not embark on any strike soon.
Shekarau made this know on Monday during an impact assessment tour of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
He, however, claimed that the minor problem between the two parties was information gap.
“We will continue to apply more and more dialogue to bridge the communication gap between the Federal Government and the ASUU to ensure that there is peace,” Shekarau said.
He insisted that the issue of funding, which has been a major dispute between the parties, had been resolved.
He said: “I am sure that any ASUU member that sees what is going on in the tertiary institutions will be surprised. I tell you, some of the institutions, their money is waiting for them and allocations are being made in the last couple of weeks.
“They are just waiting for due process to be followed for them to access the funds. So, it is not the problem of need, the need has to be accessed. Government is providing the funds and we are releasing the funds gradually.
“ASUU is part of the implementation committee. So ASUU is following the picture of what is going on and I am sure with that, the days of strike will be over.”
Shekarau noted that he was happy with the level of work at the Otuoke Federal University, stressing that the government had invested so much in universities across the country through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the Special Presidential Intervention.
He commended the management of the institution for the completion of the three-storey female hostel which had since been in disuse.
But he expressed dismay over the slow pace of the male hostel which was still at 60 per cent completion.
It would be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) called off its six months old strike on December, 2013
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