University students across the country might not be returning to school anytime soon as ASUU and Federal Government failed to reach an agreement.
The end to the four-month old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is not in sight as the re-conciliatory meeting between the Federal Government and the striking lecturers which held on the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja last night, ended in a stalemate.
ASUU had embarked on the strike since November last year following the failures of Federal government to implement the agreement reached on the funding of universities, the payment of outstanding earned allowances and sundry issues.
Before Friday’s meeting which lasted about three hours, a five hour meeting two weeks ago could not resolve the differences in the government’s position and the demands of ASUU, although the minister said that” substantial progress was made and that with the few areas of disagreement remaining, the strike would soon be over.”
Unlike before, both ASUU and the minister declined to disclose what the meeting agreed upon and when the strike will be called off.
After much prodding, ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi just said progress is being recorded.
“We are making progress,” he quipped and declined to say if government has agreed to their demands for the strike to be called off.
The next meeting between the lecturers and the Federal government comes up next Thursday February 7th.