By G9ija

The Federal Government has revealed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will end its ongoing strike soon.

G9ija reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, made this known in an interview with the State House correspondents on Wednesday.

Ngige assured that the strike will end soon and academic activities will resume in earnest because of its commitment to resolve contending issues with ASUU.

According to the minister, the government was interested in seeing the students go back to school and continue with their school activities.

He stated these after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister also denied the allegation that the Federal Government was planning to create a different payment table for the unions.

He said the government had summoned all the relevant agencies, including the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to brief it on the success so far recorded in resolving the contentious issues that led to the ongoing strike by the unions on Thursday.

He said the meeting is expected to look at the progress report by the relevant bodies handling the crisis including NITDA on how far it has gone with the integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS) which was proposed as an alternative platform by ASUU and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS) proposed by SSANU and NASU.

The minister said he was waiting for the report of the Tripartite Plus Committee comprising the Ministry of Education, the Chief of Staff, Salaries and Wages Income Commission, the National University Commission (NUC) as well as the striking unions.