President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its over seven-month industrial and return to the classrooms.
Buhari said in his 2022 Independence Day address on Saturday.
The broadcast was part of activities to mark the nation’s 62nd Independence Day Anniversary.
According to him, the Federal Government will continue to mobilise resources, both internationally and nationally, towards funding education to ensure that citizens are well educated and skilled in various vocations.
I am using this Independence Day celebration to reiterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limit of the scarce resources.
The President also said he shared the pains Nigerians are going through and assured them that his administration is doing all possible to alleviate the situation.
According to him;
At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges. We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results.
As we put in place all measures to ensure that Nigeria takes her place in the Comity of Nations, we recognize the importance of a well-educated populace as a panacea to most of the challenges we face. We have, therefore, pursued policies and implemented programmes designed to create a literate and proficient society that ensures that citizens are availed with opportunities for life-long achievements.
When you elected me, I readily acknowledged that the tasks before me were daunting but surmountable because of the growing national consensus that our chosen route to national development was democracy.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022 over contending issues including unpaid allowances and poor welfare.