Universities to reopen next month, says Ngige

Academic activities in public varsities will resume next month, Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige has assured.

His assurance followed the outcome of the Federal Government negotiation with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at last Thursday’s parley.

According to the minister, parties will be back at the negotiating table today to resume discussions on the special assignment given to both sides at the last meeting.

ASUU National President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said that the union would respond to the minister’s assurance tomorrow.

When asked the unoin’s response to Ngige’s claim that universities would resume in January, next year, Ogunyemi wrote in a WhatsApp message: “ASUU shall respond appropriately by Wednesday, 23 December.  Thank you.”

Confirming today’s meeting, he said: “Yes, we are meeting tomorrow but I can’t speak further till Wednesday when I will be able to tell you if we will suspend the strike or not.”

He declined to speak further.

Ngige expressed the hope that there will be breakthrough in discussions in today’s meeting with the lecturers who have been on strike since March, adding that the government has met almost all the demands of ASUU.

He said negotiations between the ASUU leadership and the government had reached 98 per cent, adding that it remains only two per cent to be completed.

 

 

– The Nation

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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