BY Ebunoluwa Olafusi
Goodluck Opiah, minister of state for education, has assured that the federal government is working to ensure that the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ends soon.
Opiah gave the assurance on Sunday in Owerri, Imo state capital, while fielding questions from reporters at a reception organised in his honour.
ASUU is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to honour an agreement on issues bordering on funding universities, as well as salaries and allowances of lecturers
Opiah, who was confirmed by the senate for his ministerial position in June, expressed hope that the disagreement would be resolved in no time.
“I can assure you that government is very concerned about the situation. Even as I speak to you now a lot of thinking, a lot of discussions and meetings are going on with a view to resolving the matter as quickly as possible,” he said
“I am hopeful that the disagreement between government and ASUU will be resolved soon so that our children can go back to school.”
He added that he is prepared to make an impact in the education sector and ready to work with Adamu Adamu, minister of education.
“I am prepared to make impacts in the ministry and the education sector working with the minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu,” he added.
“Where there are challenges there must be solutions. And I can assure you that we will find the solution and our children will go back to school.”