The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which will soon lead to a termination of the industrial strike called by the Union.
According to sources the agreement was reached by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu; and the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, on the side of the Federal Government, after a ten hour negotiation with ASUU.
The ASUU delegation was led by the union president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.
Speaking on the resolutions, labour minister, Ngige said, “We last met on August 17 and we agreed you would get back to your members and you would give us your proposal. Between then and now, a lot of things have happened and some contacts and meetings were held between you and the Minister of Education.
“Some appreciable and tangible results were achieved. We are convening this meeting with this in mind; to smooth the rough edges and enable you to call off this strike, which will be one month in a matter of days. This will not augur well for the academic calendar of universities.
“We want to address and break down the areas of mistrust between us.”
The ASUU President, Ogunyemi, said, “Once we are able to resolve the contentious issues, we are willing to go back to our members in earnest and take the final decision on this action.”