The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government are to resume talks Monday ( tomorrow ) on how to resolve the impasse over the two -month- old strike embarked upon by lecturers.
National President of ASUU , Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , confirmed the development in a telephone interview in Abuja , on Friday.
He , however , said the union was not optimistic about the prospects of an early resolution of the industrial dispute.
In response to a question on whether there had been any fresh development with regard to the resolution of the dispute , Ogunyemi said , “ I ’ am afraid nothing new. I understand they will be meeting us on Monday . Let ’ s wait and see if they take a reasonable step ; it will determine our next line of action. Until then , let ’ s wait and see. ”
The ASUU president had in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH last week said members of the union were tired of government ’ s failed promises .
He said , “ Last year , they promised to release the funds but they did not until November when the strike began. Our members are saying they do not want promises again ; what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds .
“ The government must act in a way to convince the union that the agreement has not been set aside. To show that the government has not set aside the agreement , they should release one tranche. ”
He explained that in order to forestall a situation where ASUU and the government would restart negotiations on arrears of earned academic allowances, both sides had agreed that “ it would be mainstreamed into the 2019 budget. ”
Ogunyemi also said , “ We are going to have a discussion on when to commence renegotiation because there are still grey areas . If the government