Following the incessant talks and negotiation with the federal government, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said the federal government of Nigeria has reached an agreement with members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Speaking at a reconciliation meeting with Executive members of ASUU, officials of the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja, The minister said the two contending issues were the allowances and revitalization of universities system.
“I think we have already reached agreement on one and I hope we will be able to reach agreement on the other,” he said shortly after the meeting.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, also said that the meeting was convened to resolve rough edges to enable the union call off its strike.
Ngige said that the strike which has approached a month is adversely affecting the nation’s academic calendar.
“So the major essence of our reconvening today is to see that areas of mistrust are broken down between the government side and yourself so that we can have some kind of bargaining agreement on the way forward so that the school system will come back to life.
“The children can take their exams, degrees or promotional exams,” he added.
Ngige said that the reconciliation meeting was recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) hence the need to dialogue.
“If there are impediments we will all put heads together and resolve them.
“By God’s guidance, we will assist in making life better for our students and lecturers, parents and the entire people of Nigeria,” he said.
ASUU president, Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, also commended the ministers for the observations on the letters that were exchanged between the union and the government.
“We have conveyed the position and feeling of our members on the issues in contention via a letter dated August 28 and we were also in receipt of government’s position in response to our letter.
“Our members have also come with an open mind in that government will play its own part to reassure our members that their observations are going to be attended to,” he said.