In a bid to ending the eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has reconstituted its team on the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement with ASUU.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this on Wednesday while inaugurating the team categorised into substantive members, advisers and observers and led by Professor Emeritus Munzali Jibril. He said the team is expected to take another look at the 2009 Agreements reached with the university-based unions and work with each union towards making far-reaching recommendations that would reposition the Nigerian university system.
According to him, the body will propose and prescribe short, medium and long-term measures for the sustainable funding and management of federal universities. The team will also make any other recommendations to ensure the realistic implementation of future agreements, by all stakeholders.
While decrying the strike actions which have affected the university system over the years, Adamu noted that progress had been made in talks geared towards ensuring an end to recurring issues and remarked that there is a possibility that public universities will soon reopen for academic activities.
The Minister further urged everyone to play their part in restoring confidence in university education. In his remark, Chairman of the committee, Munzali Jibril, thanked the government for considering them worthy of the task, adding that the committee will commence work promptly with the aim of producing good results within a short time.