The courtesy visit led by ASUP National President, Dr Chibuzor Asomugha, was Shekarau’s first official assignment as minister.
Shekarau noted that missing a lesson by students could retard their progress and it was unfortunate that the polytechnic students had missed almost a year.
The minister assured that the Federal Government would keep to its parts of agreements reached with the union, particularly, on payment of salaries.
He urged the union to understand that there were other very competing issues that government needed to also address.
Shekarau commended the union for its concern and struggle to raise the standard of polytechnic education in the country.
He noted that as minister, he would ensure that “only high standards are set and maintained at all levels of the education sector.’’
Earlier, Asomugha said the visit was to welcome the minister and to intimate him of the contending issues that resulted in the protracted strike.
The union embarked on the strike over non-release of the white paper on issues in the polytechnic sector since 2012, among others. (NAN)