The possibility of University undergraduate and postgraduate students returning back to the classroom maybe a far cry, after a meeting between members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the government held on Tuesday ended in a deadlock.
The meeting which was presided by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, with the national President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, and leaders of the union were in attendance lasted for over four hours.
This comes one week after both parties failed to reach an agreement at the meeting held on Monday, November 26.
The union had also accused the Federal Government of planning to increase students’ fees and introduce an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements.
A day after the union announced the strike, Professor Ogunyemi accused the government of making cheap promises, saying their members would not be swayed by such.
“We have concluded that promises from the government are very cheap. We are not bothered about what promises the government makes now,” he had said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
Reacting to the development hours later, the government through the minister appealed to the union to call off the ongoing strike.
“As the Minister of Education, I feel your pain; I share your concern and I am willing to go to any mile so that together we can change the narrative of this country for the better,” Mr Adamu had said at a news conference.
He added, “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to ASUU to put off this strike in the name of the country, and in view of what the situation is. Come, let us continue the talk; it is something that we have already started.
“And I am optimistic that dialogue will produce better results. For us to negotiate under the pressure of strike, we will end up producing the kind of agreement we had in 2009, which almost all stakeholders have agreed is not easily implementable.”