Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Nigerian universities will reopen January, says Ngige


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says Nigerian universities will reopen by January 2021, suggesting that the ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and the Academic Activities in Nigeria Universities, ASUU, has reached 98 percent.

The minister stated this on Monday in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, during the launch of Ngige Free Medical Outreach at the Community’s Health Center.

According to a report by The Nation, Mr Ngige said, “We have met about 98 percent of the request of ASUU. Some 5 to 2 percent is what you can call promissory notes.

“So, I am very hopeful that by midnight today, there are some works we are supposed to get on to do. They also have some work they are supposed to do on their own side with their people.

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 “Tuesday, we will meet in the afternoon and we will compare notes. We will put everything on the table and compare. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike when we meet tomorrow.

“Well, it is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first. Tomorrow, all things being equal, we will agree now to agree because we were disagreeing before.

“We disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But tomorrow, I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will re – open in January,” the Minister said.

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