The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the current industrial action has commenced.
The meeting is, however, poorly represented by those negotiating on behalf of the Federal Government.
The Acting Chairman of Salaries, Income and Wages Commission is present, the Minister of Labour is mediating, the Accountant-General is represented, while the Minister of Finance, Minister of Education and the Executive Secretary National University Commission are absent.
In his opening remarks, the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, explained that their absence is as a result of the unfolding events at the National Assembly with the 2021 budget defence.
He, however, appealed to the lecturers on the need to resolve the issues and get students back to classrooms.
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi on his part, says the union is interested in quickly resolving the impasse.
According to him, their members are expectant and hope that at the end of the meeting, the Federal Government will make improvement in it’s offers.
The minister, however, appealed to the lecturers to seek common ground with the Federal Government so that schools can resume.
He noted that the prolonged strike provided a fertile ground for many young people to be recruited for the #EndSARS protest.
The meeting subsequently went into a closed-door session.