School Reopening: ASUU Strike Will Not Affect Resumption Of Schools – Federal Government Assures Students
Federal Government has announced that it will go ahead to engage striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ahead of reopening of Universities and other tertiary institutions Healthforbes Media reporting.
Since March, 2020 the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on strike over lingering issues including decisions to force the lecturers to enrol on the Federal Government Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform.
Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwjiuba who is the Minister Of State for Education while responding to a question on Thursday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, expressed optimism that there would be compromise before the resumption of universities.
He stated that the PTF would give directive on when the universities would be reopened, saying he was also in consultation with proprietors of private universities in the country who have continued to mount pressure on the government to reopen the education space.
Honourable Chukwuemeka who re-stated that the private Universities owners have deliberated that since worship places and markets have reopened, private universities should be reopened if the public institutions were not ready.
He further said the over 62,000 lecturers with more than 10,000 professors, are patriotic Nigerians who have also been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, adding that they would see reasons to return to classrooms when the institutions are eventually reopened Healthforbes Media reporting.