The third reconciliation meeting between the Nigerian government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended with new agreements reached.

Talks that started in the evening on Thursday ended in the early hours of Friday, with some of their demands reviewed and agreed on.

Consideration was given to the request for payment of salary shortfall and funding of universities infrastructure, with assurances from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

He said the government would immediately commence payments.

Dr. Ngige also assured them that quarterly revitalisation funds for universities would be released immediately, but these assurances were not enough to make the striking lecturers call of the strike.

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Students will have to wait for days for the lecturers’ representatives to meet with the national executive before a decision will be reached on the new agreements.

After the meeting, the President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, told reporters that as soon as the contentions were resolved, they would take a decision.

“Once we are able to resolve the contentious issues, we are willing to go back to our members in earnest and take the final decision on this action,” he stated.