The conciliatory meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU summoned to end the ongoing strike by the union has adjourned to reconvene by next week Monday.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the eight hours meeting in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said that the meeting has reached some level of understanding in four areas of ASUU’s demands.
He however, explained that the only area that the meeting was yet to have an understanding was the university revitalization fund which necessarily needs the input of the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning before concrete decision would be taken.
Dr Ngige also stated that a technical Committee was also set up to test run the University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, a payment platform developed by ASUU to replace IPPIS, describing UTAS as a home-grown innovative system which the present administration encourages.
The Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige therefore expressed confidence that all the grey areas in contention would be address for the resumption of academic activities in the nation’s universities after the next meeting.
Meanwhile, the members of ASUU executive led by its president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke declined comments on the outcome of the meeting.
Earlier at the opening session of the meeting, Prof. Osodeke however told the meeting that ASUU only wants the Federal Government to urgently match actions with the terms of understanding already had and not just to go through another process of renegotiations of the lingering issues.