The Federal Government has said that the discussion between it and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have reached 98 per cent completion
The Government has extend another invitation to the academic body for a meeting which will take place today (Tuesday)at the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement made by the spokesperson of the ministry, Charles Akpan,
Akpan said that the meeting would begin at 4pm with Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi leading members of the academic union.
Akpan said: “The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris NGIGE will be meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU”
He said that he is upbeat that that there will be breakthrough in discussions in Tuesday’s meeting with the academic union.
“We have met about 98 per cent of the request of ASUU.
“Some five to two per cent 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.
“Tomorrow [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.
“Well, it is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first.
“Tomorrow [Tuesday], 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 [Tuesday], I hope we will agree to agree.Once we do that, schools will re-open in January.”