The emergency meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again failed to resolve the ongoing strike action by the union.
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 FG will not be able to afford the N50 Billion that ASUU is demanding as part of the fund for the revitalization of public universities.
He however said that the FG will offer has offered ASUU something reasonable which the union will take back and present to its members.
ASUU is expected to meet FG again on Thursday February 7th, 2019.
Ngige, however, expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying “We will know when they will go back by Thursday”.
The president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President confirmed that 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.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.