The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has expressed hope that the strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will likely come to an end in matter of days.
The minister, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja over the weekend, said the Federal Government’s negotiating team has reached a deal with ASUU to put an end to the industrial crisis.
“The government team has reached agreement with ASUU. It is my hope that academic activities will also resume in universities campuses across the country without further delay,” Adamu said.
The minister’s position came on the heels of Friday’s meeting between the Federal Government and leaders of ASUU, which ended without a concrete resolution.
The ASUU President, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi had after the meeting informed newsmen that the union would inform its members of the new offer from government before opting for the next line of action.
“We have discussed on all the areas but we need to tell our members first. We have a set of information for our members,” Ogunyemi said, adding that the meeting was adjourned till Thursday this week.
On his part, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said all the demands of the unions have been met.
“Well, the meeting has been protracted and we are getting to the end of the tunnel and we will soon see the light,” Ngige said.
The AUTHORITY reports that ASUU, which is the umbrella body of academic staff members of public universities in the country, embarked on the strike on November 5, 2018 to press home its demands.