From left: Vice President Academics Staff Union of University (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, National President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba and ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, during their meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja on Thursday.  Photo: Albert Otu/ICE/NAN

The reconciliation meeting between Federal Government and leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended without a substantive conclusion.

The meeting which started around 1pm and ended around 11pm on Thursday was aimed at putting an end to the ongoing strike in the nation’s public varsities.

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ASUU had on 13 August declared a nationwide strike over government’s failure to fulfil its part of agreements it reached with the union in 2009 and 2013.

The demands of the union include the immediate payment of earned allowances, as well as a review of university’s governance system among others.

A week earlier, the union refused to attend a meeting called by the Minister of Labour and employment Chris Ngige, saying the union was yet to conclude its consultations with its members.

In his brief opening remarks before the technical session commenced on Thursday, the labour minister gave the assurance that the meeting would address the mistrust between the workers and the federal government

On his part, the ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, expressed optimism that the industrial action would be called off if the government showed commitment to address the concerns raised.

Punch reported that a memorandum was signed by both parties during the meeting but an official statement has yet to be made on the outcome.