The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied plans to call off the eight-month-long strike.
Recall that reports have it that the academic union had concluded plans to call off the strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Friday, November 27.
According to the reports, the union would call off the strike after the Federal government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.
Reacting to this in a chat with Vanguard, the president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike.
According to him, at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the Government message to their organs and get back to the Government.
“I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige told newsmen after the meeting that he is positive that all issues relating to the strike will be resolved in its next meeting with ASUU.
“Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.” He said