The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government has taken steps closer to end nine-month strike embarked upon by the lecturers.
Friday’s meeting between the federal government led by Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and ASUU led by its President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi was fruitful according to both parties.
Among the agreement reached was the released of N40bn to the striking lecturers and N30bn for the revitalization of the University system. Also the federal government agreed to pay salary arrears from February to June on or before December 31.
Speaking after the meeting, Ngige described Friday’s meeting with the union as fruitful.
“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.
When asked to speak by journalists, Ogunyemi said all what the Minister said. He said both parties agreed to get back on their respective principals and organs and report back in the next meeting.