In continuation of moves to finally resolve the strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike and top PDP leaders will on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 meet the striking unions.

The meeting will be preceded by another meeting between the Minister, House of Representatives Committee on Education and the striking unions at the National Assembly. grapevine gathered that officials of the Federal Ministry of Education met throughout last week with the striking unions to put finishing touches to the grey areas in the planned memorandum of understanding to end the strike.

The ASUP National Publicity secretary, Clement Chirman, confirmed the meeting to grapevine.

“Our meeting is tomorrow (today) at 1, o clock at the National Assembly,” the lecturer said.

“The meeting will involve the House of Representatives members, Minister of Education, probably Head of Service and COEASU members,” he said.

The Chairman of COEASU, College of Education, Zuba, Ahmed Lawal, also confirmed that the union would be present at the meeting.

“Of course the national body of the College of Education (lecturers) will be present at the National Assembly for the meeting with the House of Representativesand Minster of Education on Tuesday,” he said.

The Minister assured leaders of the striking unions at the weekend that President Jonathan is determined to take care of their welfare and promote infrastructural revival of the institutions. grapevine gathered that the Supervising Minister of Education last week met with the governing councils of Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, leading to key decisions of the way forward.

Stakeholders on both sides stated that they believe that the series of meetings lined up for this week may be crucial to reaching the desired consensus.

Hundreds of thousands of students nationwide have remained at home since the strikes begun last year.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, and Colleges of Education and Academic Staff Union, COEASU, have been on Ten-month and six-month strike respectively.

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