The meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government has again ended in deadlock.
The much-anticipated meeting ended on Tuesday evening without an agreement – an indication that the six-month-old strike will continue.
ASUU has been on strike since February 2022 over the failure to reach a compromise with the federal government on the 2009 agreement.
The striking lecturers had met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee on Tuesday at the National University Commission in Abuja with the hope of resolving the impasse.
A senior member of ASUU, who craved anonymity said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee did not come with any new offer on the table.
Instead, the source said, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.
According to the source, the meeting, which started at about noon, lasted for about three hours without any agreement being reached.
The lecturers are seeking improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities and academic autonomy among other demands.