Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige has expressed hope that the ongoing ASUU strike will soon end on the basis of the last offer provided by the government to the union.
Ngige also noted, while speaking on Monday, that he expects to receive input from the ASUU negotiation team possibly on Tuesday, contrary to usual Fridays, as in previous occasions.
He said that once ASUU returns to the negotiation table, both sides should be able to step up efforts to end the eight-month strike that started in March.
The Minister expressed his views during an interview with Arise TV monitored by Infosive
He said: “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good.
“But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we negotiated with the Senate President. The offer was made on a Thursday and they came back to us on a Tuesday.
“So, that’s what I expect them to do this time around. If they do so, the nation will appreciate them and regard them as patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I expect them to get back to me much earlier than Friday.”
Infosive reported last week that the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been offered N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalisation by the Federal Government in a bid to end ASUU strike.
The Federal Government also offered the lecturers N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalisation t the meeting held on Friday, November 20.
Furthermore, the government also agreed to pay the striking lecturers through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until ASUU’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is ready for usage.
These were some of the agreements reached at the resumed meeting between the leadership of ASUU and the federal government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Friday.