The Senate has again failed to end the strike action as the second meeting it held with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended in a stalemate on Monday night.
The 8 hours meeting, which came 6 days after a similar gathering, was adjourned indefinitely, as there was no concrete agreement between the university lecturers and the lawmakers.
This is just as the one week warning strike embarked upon by the union elapse today, November 22, 2016.
Speaking with pressmen at the end of the meeting, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Jibrin Barau, said both parties agreed with some of the issues raised, except one that had to do with their earned allowances.
He added that they (ASUU) were going to make consultations with their members on the way forward.
His words: “You can see that we’ve been talking for about eight hours. We have deliberated and, thanks to God, we have resolved all the issues; we have agreed on all issues except one. We have adjourned to make consultations.
“Every section (stakeholder) in this meeting will go back to their base or constituency and report what transpired (at the meeting) and at a later date reconvene to trash out the remaining issue. We have resolved all the issues but it remains one.”
“It is about the earned allowances that need to be paid to the university lecturers. The government, due to paucity of fund, proposed a certain amount of money but ASUU thought otherwise; that the money was quite inadequate. The union said it was going back to its members, make consultations and get back to us. We do hope they will come back with good news.”
When asked when the next meeting with ASUU would hold, he said, “It will be after due consultations. We will report back to you. We will tell you (about) when next we will meet.”
Attempts made to reach the leadership of ASUU to get their own side of the story proved abortive as the president refused to speak with journalists.
The Senate had last Tuesday mandated Senate President Bukola Saraki to mediate between the federal government and the union in order to halt the impending indefinite strike.
Even when the senate president presided over the first mediation meeting on Wednesday, it ended in a deadlock.