The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on Monday, said university students would resume in January 2021.
Ngige spoke in Alor, in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State during the inauguration of his medical outreach for the people of the area.
He said the Federal Government had met 98 per cent of the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, adding that the remaining two per cent demands holding the strike would be sorted during negotiation on Tuesday (today).
“We will be meeting in the afternoon of Tuesday to compare notes. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike after the meeting. It is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first. Tomorrow, all things being equal, we will agree because we were disagreeing before.
“We disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But tomorrow, I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will open in January,” Ngige said.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with our correspondent on Monday said the union would conclude make its decision known on Wednesday.
He said, “I will address that matter on Wednesday. There is nothing I can say now. We are concluding our consultation by tomorrow (Tuesday). I have been telling all journalists that I won’t say anything until Wednesday. Whatever he (Ngige) says I’m not saying anything. We are reviewing the situation.”