By Okey Ndiribe
ABUJA—There appears to be a silver-lining in the horizon over the protracted industrial action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU.

Feelers from ASUU delegation, led by its National President, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, and that of the Federal Government, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, indicated that both parties were close to resolving the industrial dispute, which had shut universities in the country for two months.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja, yesterday, after meeting with the Federal Government delegation, ASUU President confirmed that the government had already responded to the union’s demands by making some offers, which he had to present to the National Executive Committee, NEC, of ASUU for consideration.

He said: “The government has made some offers, which I have to take back to my principal, the NEC of ASUU, at the soonest possible time.”

Awuzie commended the  Federal Government’s effort in presenting some of their demands to the National Assembly for passage of the necessary legislation.

He said: “I believe they have done their best given the resources available to them. All the same, I have to have a meeting with the leadership of my union to enable all of us to consider what the government has put on the table.”

He added that the government had explained to the leadership of the union why it took certain decisions. He refused to give further details about the outcome of the meeting.

On her part, Minister of Education, Prof. Rukayat Ahmed, expressed hope that the strike embarked upon by ASUU might soon be called off.

Ahmed said: “We have discussed and we have made some offers; but we have to wait for them to go back and consult with their leadership.

“It is not for me to begin to itemise what the government offered to the ASUU leadership.”

She also confirmed that the Federal Government had made some offers to the union, adding that both sides had concluded their meeting but had to wait for ASUU delegation to take what was offered by government to its NEC for consideration.

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