ASUU: FG releases N100bn to Suswam-led committee, holds crucial talks today

Professor-Ruqayyatu-Ahmed-Rufai-300x227Minister of Education, Professor Ruqa’yyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, has stated that presidential intervention of N100 billion had been released to the implementation committee of the Needs Assessment Report, headed by the Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam.

The Minister, who stated this while declaring open the mid-term review of the four-year strategic plan for the development of the education sector, said the fund was to address some challenges facing the education sector.

She said, “We have done this for the federal unity schools and it is helping in their transformation. The recent one carried out for all public universities has led to a presidential intervention to ensure that challenges identified are given due attention.

“As a result, N100 billion has been committed to this and the president has inaugurated an implementation committee chaired by Governor Suswam,” she added.

According to her, the implementation of the four-year strategic plan (2011-2015) was yielding positive result, noting that credible progress had so far been made in the six crucial areas as outlined in the plan.

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She said, “We shall continue to dig deep and identify further challenges and address them.”

Professor Rufa’i, who appealed to all stakeholders to continue to show understanding, support and partnership to the education sector, said, “our actions today will define where we will be tomorrow.”

The Federal Government is expected to hold a crucial meeting with Academic Staff Union of Universities, , today in a move to end the ongoing strike by the union.

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