The Minister of State for Education, Rt Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opiah, has reassured that the federal government is committed to ending the strike by the Academic Staff Union of the Nigerian Universities.
The minister who said given the charge of President Muhamadu Buhari concerning the dispute, all relevant stakeholders involved in the resolution had moved into action and were working towards achieving a positive result.
Opiah made this disclosure while interacting with Women in Politics (WIP) in respect of the challenges in tertiary instructions in the country and other matters connected to national politics.
The minister told the WIP led by its Matron, Chief Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, (Iyaloja General of Nigeria) with Hajia Mariah Danjuma, the director general, that the directive of the president on ending the strike action was being carried out and in no distant time, the dispute would be resolved.
Lending support to the activities of the WIP, the Minister said that the ministry is collaborating with genuine efforts of groups and non-governmental organizations in the development of the education sector adding that the visit will spur his ministry to do more for the system.
The minister however used the opportunity to inform the group that the APC administration meant well for the people, hence his desire to support the WIP and call on other well-meaning groups to join forces at ensuring that the party’s Tinubu/ Shettima ticket becomes the best option for the country come next general elections.
The Women in Politics group earlier during opening speeches hinted that they came to commend the minister on his efforts at ensuring students return to their various campuses within the shortest possible time, nothing that “it’s imperative as mothers , aunties and sisters to also request that effort is redoubled in making academic related strike actions a thing of the past in Nigeria, as education remains the bedrock for development in any economy”
Explaining on the mission of the group, the matron who appreciated the minister for granting them audience within a short notice said that the WIP is a women-based organization/support organisation involved in advocacy for women participation in politics with the view to bringing to the fore ideas that would propel the Tinubu/Shettima presidential project to success.