By Innocent Oweh and Apata Oyeniran
Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, may have scored a big one in his first major assignment as a substantive minister, as his intervention was all that was needed to settle the rift between Polytechnic lecturers, represented by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and the Federal Government.
The over 10 months ASUP strike was suspended on Saturday.
The truce meeting, which led to the suspension of the strike, took place on Thursday, barely few hours after Shekarau assumed duty as Minister of Education. It will be recalled that public polytechnics in the country have been closed, cumulatively for a period of eleven months since April, 2013.
Aware of the ASUP strike, Shekarau immediately waded into the crisis by inviting the union’s executive members and those of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) to a meeting in his office.
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