he Federal Government has assured students that the lingering ASUU strike will soon be called off as the tertiary institutions have been closed since February.
Speaking after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said the end of the strike is in sight.
Ngige, while speaking, said the Federal government is interested in seeing the students going back to school.
Asked to be specific on what the government was doing to have the universities re-open, he replied: “It will be resolved very soon.”
“We’re calling up a meeting tomorrow(today) so that everybody in the government side can report if he has a problem so that we can address it.”
On the allegation that the government was planning a separate salary payment structure for the unions in tertiary institutions, he said, “It is work in progress. We have not given any preferential treatment to anybody.
“The remuneration is being looked at. If the government decides to raise, which government is ready to do, it will be holistically done for all university unions because they’re all in the same environment.
“And we know also that once you do it in universities, the Polytechnics will come. The Colleges of Education will come. They are all educational sector. And once you finish with the educational sector, we also know that the health sector will come.”