Speaking with journalists after about four hours meeting between the union and the government negotiating team, said ASUP members were not in a hurryto call off the strike.
Awuzie added that the union would meet again on Tuesday with the government. He said, “We have had deliberations. We have looked at the issues.
We have made some progress. We are likely to continue very early tomorrow morning. If we fought there, you would not see us smiling. “All of us are patriots. We are talking about one thing: The good of educational system in Nigeria. There are no adverse roles in this struggle.There are no winners, there are no losers. “We all appreciate the decay and therot in the system. And we think that, that is a very important sector of our national life which has to be propelled.”
Asked when the strike would be called off, Awuzie simply said,
“It’s not over.”
He however expressed optimism that all grey areas in the agreement would be “resolved very soon.”
Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayattu Rufai, debunked media reports that she had promised an end to the strike on Monday. She however reiterated the fact that the strike might soon becalled off going by the extent of deliberations between the two parties.
Rufai said, “Based on what we have done so far, the strike may be called off.
“Today as you have seen, we have met. We have made progress and of course we are still talking.
Even today at 10am, we have another meeting with ASUU. So, we are making progress.”Labour and Productivity Minister, Chief Emeka Wogu, also expressed optimism that the ongoing negotiations would end with more concrete resolutions.
He said: “We are working seriously to make sure that we resolve the issues that have arisen from the strike.
We have made progress. We believe that at the end of full discussions on this strike, we will come to a conclusion that will be more lasting than the previous ones.
ASUP, according to our source believe giving in at this point in time would mean the over 9 week strike was a waste.
The strike has not been called of yet, and the meeting still continues today. we will let you know the outcome.
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