I guess students can start packing their bags together now. The 13-hour long meeting between the Federal Government, led by President Goodluck Â Jonathan and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)Â has finally ended with Â a new wave of optimism.
The meeting ended with the President of the academic body, Nasir Isa Fagge, revealing that the members of ASUU would deliberate on the new offer made by the government and decide to take it or not.
This can be seen as a sign of progress as all the previous meetings have ended up deadlocked.
The Nation NewspaperÂ reportsÂ this:
Â Speaking with State House correspondents, he said that the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan discussed how to tackle the problem of University education system in the country.
Â He said: â€œWell we have had lengthy meeting with Mr. President, rubbing minds on how best to address the problem of University education in this country.â€
Â â€œAnd we now have a message from Mr. President we are going to take to our members. And we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.â€
Â On whether the lecturers are going back to the classroom, he said: â€œThat is up to our members.â€ Asked what the message was, he said: â€œI canâ€™t tell you. Its not for you. It is for our members.â€Â If impressed with the message, he said: â€œDonâ€™t put words into my mouth. Our members will determine that.â€
Â Also speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour Emeka Wogu said: â€œWe made progress, the President of ASUU told you that they are going back with a message from the Federal Government back to their members. And the message is full of high expectations and hope.â€
Â On whether the strike will be called off, he said: â€œThat is why the message is full of high expectations and hope. So our prayers is that they come back with positive outcome. They might not even come back to meet us, they might take decisions there that will meet your expectations.â€
Â â€œNigerians should be patient for ASUU to finish their meetings and come out with a message to Nigerians.â€
Â Responding to whether the Federal Government made a fresh offer, her said: â€œWell, the offer we made are the offer they are taking in line with the 2009 agreement. The issues that led to the strike are issues contained in the 2009 agreement and we did not go beyond the agreement.â€