Another meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday night ended in deadlock.The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.
At least four other meetings have been held between both parties before Monday’s since the strike commenced on November 4.While addressing journalists, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the meeting has been adjourned to December 17.
Mr Ngige said the federal government is taking all necessary steps to address ASUU’s demands.Mr Ngige had earlier appealed to the striking lecturers to ensure that Monday’s dialogue yields results that will lead to ending the strike.
”The strike is five weeks old today and it is not in anybody’s interest. We will ensure the needful is done,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ASUU chairman, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said the union will await the next adjournment date to see how far the federal government will deliver on its promises before it will take a decision on whether to suspend the industrial action or not.The union embarked on the strike on November 4 over the poor funding of Nigerian universities and non-implementation of previous agreements by the government.