If you are a Nigerian student still whiling away time at home because of the industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, there is still hope in the horizon.

ASUU and the Federal Government are to resume talks on Monday, January 21, as they try to resolve the impasse that has led to an over the two-month-old strike embarked upon by lecturers.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed the latest development in a telephone interview with the Punch in Abuja.

He, however, said the union was not optimistic about the prospects of an early resolution of the industrial dispute.

In response to a question on whether there had been any fresh development about the resolution of the dispute, Ogunyemi said: “I am afraid nothing new. I understand they will be meeting us on Monday. Let’s wait and see if they take a reasonable step; it will determine our next line of action. Until then, let’s wait and see.”

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The ASUU president had last week lamented that members of the union were tired of government’s failed promises.

“Last year, they promised to release the funds, but they did not until November when the strike began. Our members are saying they do not want promises again; what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds,” he said.

“The government must act in a way to convince the union that the agreement has not been set aside. To show that the government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”

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