FG, ASUU talks raise hope of end to lingering strike

An end to the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be in sight today.

The Federal Government on Thursday promised to “bend backwards” to meet ASUU’s demands “half-way”.

Both parties will meet today as talks to end the strike which began on March 23 continues.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, faulted comments by ASUU zonal coordinators, saying they should not be speaking for the union.

To him, the zonal coordinators were becoming a “nuisance”.

Ngige said: “We are meeting with their national leadership tomorrow (today) and those in the zones are advised that it is serious indiscipline to be talking on behalf of their national body.

“The zonal branches are becoming a nuisance with all their comments on matters that are being conciliated.

“All those zonal coordinators are attention seekers; we have no business with them. They are not the ones we are negotiating with. By organisation structure, they are not supposed to be talking.

“At our meeting tomorrow (today), the Federal Government will do everything possible to meet ASUU half-way.

“The government will bend backwards to see how we can accommodate their demands in areas that have almost been completed.”

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