- As strike takes a toll on Nigerian universities, ASUU and FG held a crucial meeting to find a a lasting solution
- ASUU president has expressed hope that there would be good news soon
Representatives of the federal government are currently holding a very crucial meeting with officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in an urgent move to resolve the lingering industrial action embarked upon by lecturers in the country.
Multiple reports say the federal government delegation is led by the labour and employment minister, Chris Ngige.
The team is also scheduled to meet with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) following a threat by the latter to commence mobilisation of workers and citizens ahead of a planned strike over issues relating to minimum wage.
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The meeting with ASUU was earlier scheduled for 3.30 pm but only started at about 5.06 pm.
Legit.ng understands that Ngige, who summoned the meeting, said the event would not take long since much effort had been made previously.
Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU president expressed hope that there would be good news judging from Ngige’s expression.
A mild drama ensued, however, when the president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Danielson Akpan, asked that members of the association and journalists should not be barred from the meeting.
He argued that this would help curb speculations and discordant tunes from the ASUU and the government delegation.
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Reacting, Ngige pleaded with the NANS president to have confidence on members of the conciliatory meeting. He assured the NANS president that he would be happy with the outcome of the meeting.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress promised to hold a nationwide protest on Tuesday, January 8, to drive its demand for the upward review of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
The general secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said in a statement that there would be no strike for now.
Ozo-Eson, therefore, asked members of the public to disregard reports that the strike would begin on January 8.
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