The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to pity the students and call off the ongoing nationwide strike.
ASUU began a nationwide strike since November, last year, over some disagreement between the union and the Federal Government.
However, Ngige said the Federal Government would pay the minimum wage as things were being worked out by the Committee saddled with that responsibility.
Ngige made this appeal when he spoke with reporters in Awka, Anambra State on Sunday.
He said: “FG will comfortably pay minimum wage, we want to pay it, but there must be balancing because figures were bandied and we are asking Labour to exercise patience.
“I appeal to ASUU and Labour to have mercy on students and be patient. As far as I’m concerned, we have treated Labour well. And they should also know I’m a comrade and that is why I always intervened on matters that concern them.”
Meanwhile, after a five-hour deliberation, last Friday, the FG and Labour representatives adjourned their meeting until Monday (today).