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There appears an agreement has been reached between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume talks next week with a view to resolving the ongoing strike by university teachers.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, told newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting with the union in Abuja on Thursday that the talks had been fruitful.
The meeting was called at the instance of the minister.
Said Ngige: “We will resume discussions by next week’’.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, also confirmed that the meeting would continue next week.
Said Ogunyemi: “We have just started the discussion, we have really not gone too far, so what we have done today was to open the issues. By tomorrow we should meet and decide when we reschedule the meeting.
“This means that the strike still continues”.
The lecturers resumed strike on November 5 over demands for improved funding of public universities based on agreements reached with the Federal Government in 2009.
Some of the demands by the union are that the Federal Government should nominate another chairman of the government renegotiating team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement to replace Dr Wale Babalakin.
Other issues bothering the union are non-payment of Earned allowance, funding of revitalization of the Nigerian universities, implementation of needs assessment report, poor funding of state universities, among others.
Those present at Thursday’s meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echonu, and Dr Isa Fagge, former ASUU President.