In lieu of the recent rebuffs by the courts, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) and the House of Representatives have on Monday met to iron out the lingering issues bordering on the industrial action which had been embarked on by the lecturers.
The lecturers who had also been led by ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke and the leadership of the House, who had been in turn led by Femi Gbajabiamila had met behind a closed-door meeting for about 30 minutes before having another one in front of the camera.
It would also be recalled that the House has also been hosting some of the meetings between the government and the strike lecturers in the past couple of weeks and on Friday, the Nigerian Court of Appeal had made an agreement with an early ruling by the National Industrial Court that had directed the Union to resume immediately.
Africa Daily News, New York also recalls that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari had during his budget presentation made it known that up to N470 billion has been allocated for tertiary institutions in the 2023 budget.
Speaking on the outcome of the closed-door meeting, Gbajabiamila said President Muhammadu Buhari will make a major announcement regarding the strike and also speaking, the Osodeke, had revealed that the Union will sign some documents in the next couple of days which they will take to their members for ratification.
In another related development, Attahiru Jega who is a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has tackled the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige saying that he has turned the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) into a personal quarrel.
Speaking on Tuesday during a programme on Arise TV which was monitored by Africa Daily New, New York, Jega said Ngige is creating more problems than solutions.