President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to consider the plight of students and call off the three-month ASUU strike that has crippled academic activities in the country’s public universities.
President Buhari also urged students in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions to exercise patience and reconsider the ongoing ASUU strike as the government strives to address the nagging issues in the nation’s university system, including the controversial 2009 agreement, within the available resources.
Buhari made the appeal to, yesterday in Abuja at the 19th National Productivity Day and the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award on 48 eminent Nigerians and organizations in both the public and private sectors, for their high productivity, hardwork and excellence.
The President recalled that he had earlier directed the Chief of Staff, Ministers of Labour and Employment, Education, Finance, Budget and National Planning to immediately bring all parties to the negotiation table to again critically look at the grey areas in the demands to end the ASUU strike as well as those of other university-based labour unions.
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He stressed that his administration recognizes that the future of any nation is dependent on the standard of its educational system.
Beyond the ASUU strike, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, yesterday also commenced a two-week strike following the Federal Government failure to initiate processes in fulfillment of the Memorandum of Agreement it entered with the government in June 2021.