Once again the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Friday have failed to reach a agreement on how to end the ongoing strike by university lecturers.
However, both parties after the protracted meeting indicated their there a final agreement in seems to be in sight to end the strike that started on November 6.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour, said the meeting was protracted but was optimistic an end to the strike is now in sight. He said while the government could not meet the N50 billion demanded by ASUU, it had offered the union a “reasonable” sum.
“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. We will know when they will go back by Thursday,” Ngige said.
Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president, said progress had been made on the ongoing negotiations, adding that the meeting has been adjourned till 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.
“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,” Ogunyemi said. 0 List T