Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of ASUU, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with Sunday Punch on Friday.
He, however, said the union was not optimistic about the prospects of an early resolution of the industrial dispute because there was no fresh development from their last meeting.
Members of ASUU went on strike on November 4, 2018 to demand for improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.
The union is also seeking the implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreements, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU; 2012 and 2013) and Memorandum of Action (MoA, 2017), among others.
The union is also asking the Federal Government to expedite action on the release of funds to revitalise public universities in accordance with the FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA of 2017.
The university teachers are also demanding the release of the operational licence of the Nigerian University Employees Pension Company.
However, a source in the Ministry of Labor, told Sunday Punch that ASUU’s leadership is to blame for the ongoing strike.
The source added that the FG had showed commitment to the union’s demands and that it was better to start from what the FG had offered than to halt negotiation.