Federal Government has said public universities will soon reopen for academic activities like their private counterparts.
Education Minister Adamu Adamu said this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s team to re-negotiate the 2009 agreement between the government and universities based unions in Abuja.
The committee is headed by Prof. Munzali Jibril, the Pro-Chancellor of Federal University Lafia in Nasarawa State and Chairman of Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal University.
Adamu said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to finding lasting solutions to the challenges confronting the Education sector, most especially, the versities sub-sector.
“As you are quite aware, the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders, in the past months, have been neck deep in several meetings with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others, to resolve the outstanding issues that led to the current industrial action in public universities.
“It is noteworthy that although most of residual issues were part of the comprehensive agreement reached with the previous administration, I can report that significant progress has, so far, been recorded and there is an opportunity that our public universities, like their private counterparts, will soon reopen for academic activities.
“Let me re-affirm the commitment of the present administration to finding lasting solutions to the challenges confronting the Education sector, and most especially, the university sub-sector.
Government is determined to, within available resources, provide the requisite environment, infrastructure as well as improve the conditions of service for all categories of staff in Nigerian universities,” he said.
Jibril assured the minister that the team will deliver on the assignment.
He said: “I will like to assure you that with this revamped, reinvigorated team, we shall swing into action immediately and within the shortest possible time we shall deliver on the assignment.”