Report reaching schoolwatch.com.ng news desk has it that the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has implored Parents, students and other education stakeholders to appeal to Polytechnics and Colleges of Education lecturers to call off their strike as the Federal Government has met with their demands.
Addressing Education Stakeholders during the Town Hall Meeting on TETFUND interventions for Federal Tertiary Institutions in the North East Geo-Political Zone in Bauchi on Monday, Barr. Wike said that it was as far back as January 2014 that the Federal Government concluded all issues concerning the demands by Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic staff.
He said that the Federal Government comprehensively addressed the demands of the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education lecturers by setting up Needs Assessment Committees, constituting governing councils and kick-starting the process of the release of white paper on visitation panels.
He noted that the issue of arrears which stood at over N40billion for the two unions, was settled with the agreement that the Federal Government will pay in two installments.
Barr. Wike told the North East Education stakeholders that that on different occasions after the Federal Government concluded addressing specific demands on the table, union leaders pledged they were going to contact their members for the strikes to be called off, only for them to extend the strike action.
The Education Minister said that the Federal Government is unhappy with the repeated elongation of the strike, stressing that it is in the interest of national development for the lecturers to have a change of heart.
He said the Jonathan administration remains fully committed to transforming Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and all other levels of education as exemplified by the investments and achievements witnessed since 2010.
According to him, the town hall meetings in five geo-political zones so far, where Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provost of Federal Tertiary institutions have exposed to Nigerians tremendous developments that have taken place in institutions of higher learning, contrary to false sponsored propaganda.
He said: “The fact that these town hall meetings are open to journalists, civil society, lecturers, non academic staff, parents and students indicate that the government has nothing to hide and is committed to the transparent transformation of these schools”.
The Minister noted that the Federal Government will continue to engage with all stakeholders to further improve all levels of education.
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