THE Federal Government has assured that concerted efforts are being made to break the logjam between members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the government.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Macjohn Nwaobiala, who spoke in Abuja on Wednesday, said the government had adopted different approaches to end the protracted strikes.

He disclosed that the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives had also intervened at various levels.

Nwaobiala expressed optimism that going by what was on ground, the strike would be called off as soon as possible.

The Permanent Secretary revealed that the government has gone far in the bid to resolve the issue of dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma (HND) holders and first degree holders.

He disclosed that the committee set up by the Federal Government to look into the issue had submitted its report to the government.

He said: “Different approaches have been adopted to end the strike.

The Senate and the House of Representatives are inter-facing with the Ministry of Education and the labour, and I hope the strike will be called off as soon as possible.

“On the issue of dichotomy, we have gone far with the work and hopeful that it will be positive. We have submitted the report to the government and we hope it will go a long way to assuage the unions.”

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