The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has announced that the issues of Strike affecting the Nigerian Education would soon be at an end. He made this announcement in Lagos during the the impact assessment tour of Federal Government-owned institutions in Nigeria.
According to the minister, the tour became necessary as part of efforts to gain first hand information on the challenges facing individual campuses and the progress made by them, because pictures and documents forwarded to his office could be deceptive.
The minister however stressed that his mandate upon his appointment as the ministry’s substantive minister in July was to ensure the stability of the sector, and that the resolution of the then prolonged ASUP COEASU strike less than 24 hours after he resumed office was a clear pointer to his commitment to fulfil that mandate.
He further added that part of the measures to nip strikes in the bud was his commitment to ensure the dignity of teaching service in Nigeria through adequate welfare packages, training and retraining of teachers at all levels, provision of conducive teaching and learning environment, amongst others.
He said these are targeted towards achieving the two fundamental objectives of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan in the education sector, which he listed as increasing access and improving qualities.
The Minister later made visit calls to the University of Lagos where he inspected the different series of projects going on there. Before he visited the Federal College of Education (Technical) where he commisioned two major projects and the Yaba College of Technology.
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