The federal government is optimistic that the ongoing strike by university unions will be resolved soon.
Olajide Oshundun, the Minister of Labour and Employment’s Head of Press and Public Relations, stated in a statement released on Friday, May 13, that the numerous talks between the FG and the unions will most likely generate favorable outcomes by next week.
Universities’ Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union, and Association of Academic Technologists are now on strike, demanding that the government respond to their diverse requirements.
Oshundun in the statement released, quoted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, as saying
“We had a cordial and fruitful discussion. We looked at the issues dispassionately and reached some agreements, to the satisfaction of everybody in attendance.
We discussed. Everybody was happy. We reached some agreements, and we hope that by next week those agreements will start maturing. The four unions will also go and brief their members so that they can call off the strike.”
The statement added that the minister said the issues in the 2009 agreement, such as the renegotiation of the condition of service and the wage review could be concluded next week.