President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be called off this week.

This is after the union’s president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi gave indications that negotiations have reached an advanced stage and only a few “grey areas” are left.

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“We are still trying to iron out some grey areas with the government. Once we finish doing that, we will address the press,” he told The Nation.

The federal government has agreed to pay the shortfall of salaries and allowances and to the release of N220 billion for the revitalisation of federal universities.

The negotiating parties met on Friday with the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, telling the press that:

“Most of these issues stemmed from the 2009 agreement that government had ASUU and also from the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding that the government had with ASUU.

“Government is a continuum. Most of those issues were not issues that cropped up from the Buhari administration, we inherited them.

“Based on these discussions, ASUU leadership will consult with its organs and revert back to government within one week.

“They will consult with their organs with a view to calling off the strike. And we expect them that within one week, they will get back to government.

“These are the highlights of the meeting and I can tell you that the meeting took place in very cordial atmosphere.”