As the pressure on the federal government to reopen tertiary institutions continues to grow, the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has assured students that universities across the nation will resume very soon.
Nwajiuba disclosed this on Monday, August 24, while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja, The Guardian reports.
Though the minister did not announce any specific date for resumption, he, however, urged all students to stop protesting and bear with the government a little bit more.
He explained that the rioting needs to stop as talks are in full negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The minister, speaking further, said the ministry is working to articulate the situation report of tertiary institutions from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other regulatory bodies for evaluation.
This is coming a few days after the minister said that the federal government is making moves to end the ongoing ASUU strike before schools reopen.
Nwajiuba during a programme that aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Saturday, August 22, noted that many people want the federal government to resolve the strike before reopening schools.
These people believe some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take advantage of the strike to move ahead. The education minister said if this is allowed, it would destroy public