Hope dimmed on Wednesday for the reopening of public universities shut since March.
Talks between the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) collapsed.
Wednesday’s meeting was expected to finally break the ice in the disagreement to pave the way for the resumption of academic activities.
The first setback was the absence of Minister of Education Adamu Adamu and Minister of Finance Mrs Zainab Ahmed.
Both ministers were said to be away at the National Assembly for Budget 2021 defence.
But Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige was on hand.
After the meeting, ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said: “there was nothing new”. He declined to elaborate.
Ngige, however, shed some light on the unresolved issues.
The lecturers’ insistence on the release of N110 billion Revitalisation Fund for the universities
Allowing lecturers to be sole beneficiaries of the N30 billion to be released as Earned Allowance
Government’s decline to drop the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).
Ngige said the government lacked the financial wherewithal to meet the demand for N110 billion to revitalise the varsities.