The meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja, has again ended in a deadlock as the ongoing nationwide strike enters 88th day.
The union embarked on the strike on November 5th over the funding of Nigerian universities and an alleged plan by the Federal Government to increase students’ fees and introduce an education bank.
The union is also demanding the implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) agreement by both parties in 2017.
After another discussion with the leadership of the union on Friday, the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, said “The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.”
He continued, “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.”
However, the ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, said progress had been made on the ongoing negotiations, adding that the meeting has been adjourned till February 7.
He said, “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.”