President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reconsider its stance as the ongoing strike action affects an entire generation as well as the nation.
This was revealed in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, when he received governors, legislators, and political leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his residence in Daura, Katsina State.
He also urged South-South agitators to stop vandalising national assets, which he claimed harmed their livelihoods, according to NAN.
Buhari 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 government respects the union’s position but yet he pleaded with the union.
“We hope that ASUU will sympathise with the people on the prolonged strike. Truly, enough is enough for keeping students at home. Don’t hurt the next generation for goodness sake”.
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He urged ASUU leaders and members to persuade lecturers to reconsider their stance and its implications for an entire generation and the nation.
“Nigerian students will be faced with the challenge of competing with others in a technology-driven workspace,” he said, adding that keeping them at home, only deprives them of time, skill and opportunities to be relevant on the global stage.
“Colonial type education was geared towards producing workers in government. Those jobs are no longer there. “Our young people should get the education to prepare them for self-employment. Now education is for the sake of education.
“Through technology, we are much more efficient. We should encourage our children to get an education not only to look for government jobs,’’ he stressed.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it is ready to end the nationwide strike immediately if the Federal Government signs the negotiated agreement to invest in university infrastructure and pay salaries through the recommended University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Also, Nigerian health workers have threatened to go on a solidarity strike in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ demands (ASUU).