Federal Government and ASUU failed to reach agreement over strike – The national government & the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have again failed to achieve an agreement to end the progressing strike by the lecturers.
Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment while tending to reporter after a closed door talk with the association on Friday, February 1, in Abuja said the talk lasted for a while.
He said that: “The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.”
“We met them half way and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N50 billion, we have offered what we have.”
“We do not have N50 billion and we cannot do N50 billion, but we have offered them something reasonable.”
“So they have to take it back, and go and present to their members.”
Ngige, nevertheless, communicated expectation that undergraduates would come back to class soon, saying “We will know when they will go back by Thursday”.
Prior, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said the talk had been postponed to February 7.
“So, far on the level of progress made so far, I cannot tell you that now until I tell my members.”
“It is the feedback of the last meeting we came to present to government today.”
“But right now, we have a new set of information that we have to go and present to our members until we tell our members, we cannot tell you,” he stated.
Ogunyemi noticed that advancement had been made on the current bargaining.
He included that “We are making progress and the progress we are making is for everybody’s interest and stakeholders will benefit at the end of the day.”
“We will be meeting on Thursday, after which, we will address the press.”
“We have trashed all areas, so the progress we have made must first be related to our members.”
“So until we tell them, and they tell us what to do that, that is only when we can relate to the press. The meeting adjourned till Thursday.”
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