The lingering ASUU strike may be called off soon, if we are to go by statements made by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu, he has raised hopes of universities across the country reopening in January.
Speaking with newsmen in Aba, Abia, on Thursday, Wogu said that negotiations between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the lingering industrial dispute would be resolved soon.
The minister said that the Federal Government had been meeting with ASUU since the strike commenced early in the month, while promising that by January, an agreement would be reached.
According to him, not getting the lecturers back to the classrooms is the main problem.
Wogu said the government was looking critically and taking holistic approach to the contentious issues with a view to resolving them.
“It is not that the government has been keeping quiet since the present strike began; we’ve been meeting with representatives of ASUU and hopefully, by January, an agreement will be reached.
“But getting the lecturers back to lecture rooms is the problem. We want to look critically at those things that led to the strike in the first place to deal with them so that they will not re-occur,” he said.