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Strike: FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock, adjourns to Feb 



The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.Senator Chris Ngige , Minister of Labour and Employment while addressing newsmen after a closed – door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted .

He said , “ The meeting was protracted , but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel .

“ We met them halfway and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N 50 billion , we have offered what we have .
“ We do not have N 50 billion and we cannot do N 50 billion , but we have offered them something reasonable.

“ So they have to take it back , and go and present to their members ” .

Ngige, however , expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying “ We will know when they will go back by Thursday ” .

Earlier, Prof . Biodun Ogunyemi , ASUU President said the meeting had been adjourned to February 7 .

“ 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 .

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“ 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 , ” he said .

Ogunyemi noted that progress had been made on the ongoing negotiations .

He added that “ 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 dealt with 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 . The meeting is adjourned till Thursday .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strike commenced on November 5 , 2018 .

The lecturers are demanding for the implementation of some agreements with the Federal Government since November 2009 .

NAN also reports that one of their major demands is the implementation of university revitalisation fund .

( NAN)