There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel after all.

The dispute between the Federal Government and lecturers of tertiary institutions in Nigeria may end this week.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, told journalists at a briefing in Abuja on Sunday that issues which led to the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and their counterparts in polytechnics have been resolved.

Adamu said, “I should comment now on the ongoing strike which I hope will be called off today or perhaps tomorrow but certainly there will be no strike by next week (this week).

“I expected that by now ASUU would have called off their strike because we have virtually reached agreement on all issues. So, I hope either today or tomorrow but certainly within the week, ASUU strike will be off.”

The minister said the government has released money to settle outstanding allowances and shortfalls. He explained that the disbursement would be done by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

He commended the colleges of education lecturers for ending their strike.

However, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said he was not in a position to say if the strike would end on Monday or Tuesday because the leadership of the union was still awaiting the decision of its members at state levels.

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He explained that it was true that the union and the Federal Government had agreed on some “non-contentious” items.

Ogunyemi said, “I cannot tell you if the strike will end on Thursday or not. It is what our members tell us. ASUU president doesn’t have the final say on that.

“Government has given us what it can give us and we have sent it back to our members. We are waiting for their response.

“We have discussed all the areas and government has told us the last thing they could do. That thing they could do has now been committed in writing. We have that written position of government. We have looked at it and we promised them that we will take it to our members as a written document.”