Cheering news emanating from the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has it that the issue of strike is over in the Nigeria educational sector.
He disclosed this during his official visit to Federal government institutions in Lagos Tuesday. He said: “By the grace of God we have seen the end of strikes in our various institutions.”
Shekarau who visited University of Lagos, Federal College of Education, Yaba and Yaba College of Technology, Yaba respectively said that having seen the White Paper of the NEEDS assessment report, he is set to implement it. According to him, “we shall forward them to the various Governing Councils for implementation.”
The Minister also noted that measures have been taken to suspend the ongoing strike embarked on by teachers of Unity Schools.
According to him, “the Federal Government has started addressing the issue the very week they started the crisis.” Saying, “Over N500 billion has been released to the education sector for this purpose.”
He explained that the fund that has been released into the education sector will be used in paying salaries arrears, improving the infrastructural development and addressing other academic issues in the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, while commissioning some projects at UNILAG, he said, “education is the main engine room for the movement of Nigeria.”
According to him, education makes us responsible human beings and helps us change our attitude for better, adding that education is a growing institution and there is no time one stops growing.
Shekarau who noted that there is need for the improvement of education in Nigeria said, “education is an ever growing institution which will keep expanding.” Saying, “the number of students has increased and the facilities have not increased with it.”
The Minister who gave the assurance of the Federal Government’s continuous support towards the growth of education in Nigeria said “the education trust law fund has been amended because of the need to improve the education sector.”
He noted also that the “concentration of TETFUND in Nigeria tertiary institutions now is to lift up the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
On the relevance of the visit to the various tertiary institutions, Shekarau said, “the Ministry of education has made it a compulsory duty to visit tertiary institutions every Tuesday on “Impact Assessment Tour of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
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