The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has decided to speak with respect to the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU).
On Monday, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), lamented the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities for failing to call off its strike, saying enough is enough of students staying at home.
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He announced this on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, when he received APC governors, lawmakers, and other political leaders at his residence.
He urged ASUU to reconsider its stance on the prolonged strike, expressing concern that the stalemate would have generational ramifications for families, the educational system, and the country’s future growth.
The President stated that the strike had already taken a toll on the psychology of parents, students, and other stakeholders, raising many moral issues that needed to be addressed.
He stated that the future of the country is dependent on the quality of educational institutions and education while stressing that the government understands its stance and that negotiations with students in lecture halls should continue.
“We expect that ASUU will sympathize with the people on the ongoing strike,” he said in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Enough is enough for students to stay at home. For God’s sake, don’t harm the future generation.”
Buhari has invited all well-meaning Nigerians, particularly those close to the union’s leaders and members, to intervene and persuade the lecturers to resume their work.
The President stated that students from Nigerian colleges would face difficulty competing with peers in a digitally connected and technology-driven workplace and that keeping them at home would only deprive them of time, skill, and opportunities to be relevant in the global arena.
“Colonial style schooling was focused toward producing workers in government,” he explained. Those positions are no longer available. Our youth should receive education to equip them for self-employment. Education is no longer for the sake of education.
“We are much more efficient thanks to technology.” We should urge our children to receive an education rather than only looking for government jobs.”
“By this time next year, I will have made the most of the two terms, and I will do my best in the remaining months.”
We urge you, however, to keep tabs on us for more updates on the ASUU strike.
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