The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has pleaded with striking university teachers to show mercy on students by calling off their strike.
The teachers, under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), began a nationwide strike since November, last year, over some disagreement between the union and the Federal Government.
Ngige, speaking with reporters in Awka, Anambra State on Sunday, also declared that Federal Government will pay a minimum wage, adding that things were being worked out by the Committee saddled with that responsibility.
The FG and Labour representatives adjourned their meeting until today, after a five-hour deliberation last Friday. At the end of the meeting, the minister said substantial progress was made and that all that is left is a final resolution.
Ngige said the problems of ASUU were not caused by President Muhammadu Buhari, but were bequeathed to the present administration by the previous governments based on agreements reached in 2009.