Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has revealed that the final decisions on the ongoing ASUU strike will be taken on Tuesday during a meeting he would hold with ASUU leadership in Abuja.
Recall that after the November 27th meeting held between the FG and the ASUU, another planned meeting which was meant to finalize talks regarding the prolonged ASUU strike, has been postponed twice, due to ongoing consultation from the two parties.
However, finally the Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, held a closed-door meeting on Thursday to resolve the lingering strike which had grounded academic activities in the universities.
Consequently, according to vanguardngr, while speaking today in Anambra, Senator Chris Ngige, who is the Minister of Labour and Employment, revealed that the nation’s universities are likely to reopen by January next year.
The Minister revealed that there would be a meeting by midnight Tuesday, and again, another one in the afternoon, where all things will be finalized.
“We will disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will open in January.” He added.
It will be recalled that the strike embarked on by the ASUU is now over nine months old, and despite several meetings between the Federal Government and the Union leadership since March, yet there seems to be no headway.
However, many Nigerians and undergraduates are now counting on the Minister’s words that the strike will be called off this week, as the FG has already met not less than 98% of the demands of the Universities lecturers.
Consequently, many people have berated the FG for waiting this long before they eventually assent to the demands of the ASUU members, after successfully beating around the bush for over nine months.
However, in your view, do you agree that the FG is to be blamed for this prolonged ASUU strike ?