Give us some time, ASUU strike will end soon, FG tells students

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The federal government has expressed optimism that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would soon end.

ASUU has been in a tussle with the federal government over unmet demands. On February 14, the union embarked on a one-month warning strike to press home its demands.

The union’s executives and government delegates recently met in Abuja to discuss how to end the industrial action.

NAN reports that Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, spoke with journalists yesterday after the end of the conciliation meeting.

According to the minister, during the meeting, they agreed on many issues and a timeline was scheduled for the implementation of the agreements.

He also disclosed that ASUU officials agreed to return to their members with offers made by the government and revert to him before the week runs out.

He said many of the items in the 2020 memorandum of action (MoA) had been taken care of while some were being addressed.

Ngige said a new team had been constituted to take a second look at the MoA.

He added that they fixed a timeline of six weeks for the new committee set up by the education ministry to round up everything on the conditions of service.