Nigerian govt concedes to ASUU, constitutes White Paper panels for varsities, others

The Federal Government has set up a White Paper Drafting Panels for tertiary institutions in the country.

The Director of Press and Media Relations in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ben Goong, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

This came just four days after the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) embarked on a 30-day warning strike over the federal government’s failure to honour agreements signed by both parties.

The union has demanded the release of the findings of visiting panels set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2021 to look at problems in the country’s tertiary institutions.

The statement read: “Following the receipt of reports of Visitation Panels to Tertiary Institutions last year, The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, has constituted White Paper Drafting Panels for Tertiary Institutions across the country.

“Ten White Paper Drafting Panels have been constituted for 36 Universities, while six Panels have been constituted for 25 Polytechnics with 21 Colleges of Education having 5 Panels.

“One Panel is to draft a White Paper for four Inter-university centres. The Panels will be inaugurated in the coming days.

“All the Panels have two weeks from the date of inauguration to submit their reports.”

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