The federal government on Monday resumed talks with the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the ongoing strike in public universities across the country.
The lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.
The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the union’s delegation to Monday’s meeting.
The ASUU delegation arrived at the ministry some minutes before 4:00 p.m., but no member of the federal government delegation was initially around.
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The meeting, which is holding at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja is not the first since the beginning of the strike.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, at least six other meetings have been held between both parties.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, was absent at the time the meeting started but the permanent secretary, Sunny Echono, was present to represent the minister.
Addressing the ASUU delegation, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the aim of the meeting is to ensure the teachers get back to work.
Mr Ngige declared open the technical session of the meeting at exactly 5:25 pm.
Meanwhile, Mr Ogunyemi maintains the union wants the government to get it right this time around.
He said it is essential for its demands to be met to ensure quality education