The federal government has reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) thereby raising the possibility of the end of the ongoing strike.
Premium Times reports that Biodun Ogunyemi who is the national president of ASUU spoke after the meeting with the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, on Monday, January 7.
He said the National Executive Committee of the union will review the new commitment of the federal government.
Ogunyemi said it is only after the meeting that the strike will be called off.
Ngige on his part said agreement has been reached and that “the accountant general and the ministry of finance have confirmed with evidence that N15.4 billion had been released to cover funding in public universities.”
He also said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 to 2012 audit verified earnings in the universities.
He said the earned allowances will be released as soon as the process is completed. Recall that 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 mobilization of workers and citizens ahead of a planned strike over issues relating to minimum wage.