The Minister of Education, Prof Ruqayyat Rufai who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the inauguration of the Federal Government sponsored- Transformation Projects at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) said there was no need for the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) to continue with the industrial action after N30 billion has been released for the payment of earned allowances in all public universities.
She said the inaugurated projects were in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to providing quality education in the country.
The Government is said to be breaking negotiations with ASUU and has decided to fund individual students education as it is done in advanced countries. The Government plans to introduce loans to the students throughout their period in the University so as to cushion the effect of the financial hardship on the students.
The students would re-pay the loans after graduation provided they get jobs of their choice.
Would the loans force the lecturers to call of the ongoing ASUU Strike?
Last week, ASUU Chairman, Prof Nasir Fagee said the union has pulled out of negotiations with FG citing insincerity as reasons for its decision. He also added that the union will not call off strike until FG fulfills its 2009 signed agreement.