Tuesday’s meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in an standstill.
According to reports, the Federal Government delegation met with ASUU representatives at the National Universities Commission’s main office.
A source told newsmen, “Professor Nimi Briggs oversaw the meeting with the FG team, which began at 12:00 and ended at 3:00. They merely begged us to end the strike; there was no fresh offer on the table.”
A top ministry official verified what another source claimed, saying, “The academics left furiously, however, we cannot truly determine what was discussed with them as you can see, we were not invited, but the suggestion offered was rejected.”
Similarly, another member of the ASUU National Executive Committee who asked not to be quoted confirmed the development, explaining that the government was “unserious” with the negotiation.
“They are not serious. I can’t go over the details with you because the president is responsible for disseminating the information. The proposal presented was unreasonable. There is no hope in sight”.
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The ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke when contacted noted that he was in a meeting and would get back to our correspondent. He was yet to do so as at the time of filing this report
Later on Tuesday night, Osodeke in an interview said, ‘‘It wasn’t good,” referring to the meeting.
“We didn’t sign anything; they did not come with anything good. I can’t go into details. We will talk to our members first before we talk to the press. We represent our members.’’
The spokesperson for the ministry of education, Ben Goong when contacted told our correspondent that the minister of education would brief the press on Thursday.