President Muhammadu Buhari has called on members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plights of students who are presently at home and bring the strike which has continued to linger to an end.
Buhari appealed to ASUU to consider the plight of the students whose future is being tampered with and called off the industrial action which has now gone into its third month.
The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.
While speaking, Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.
Africa Today News, New York reports that ASUU has been on strike since February 20222.
Recall that the university union had on Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.
The body is demanding to fund the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears.
Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System amongst others.
Meanwhile, many prominent Nigerians have joined the call for all the stakeholders concerned to do everything within their power to bring the strike to an end. On Tuesday, the President of the Nigerian Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan had joined the call when he received a delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who paid him a courtesy visit.