The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chairman and some key leaders walked out of the meeting with the Federal Government. Both parties failed to reach an agreement after several attempts.
Chris Ngige, the minister of Labour and Productivity, presided over the meeting in his office that lasted several hours. The meeting ended in a deadlock as the union leaders walked out of the meeting.
Channel TV reports that unlike previous meetings which ended inconclusively, ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, and other leaders of the union walked out of the meeting.
Professor Ogunyemi, however, refused to speak to newsmen about the outcome of the meeting and why the union leaders stormed out after about two hours.
But in an interview with newsmen after the meeting, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige insisted that the lecturers did not walk out.
When asked the outcome of the meeting, the labour minister said negotiations were still on and that the government was poised to ensure all knotty issues were resolved before Christmas to enable students to return to classes.