President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), imploring them to call off the strike and return to the classrooms.
Buhari stated this while delivering a speech to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence day on Saturday.
He also emphasised that his administration has made appreciable progress in addressing the concerns of the striking union that have been lingering for over eleven years.
The president said, “I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system and I am using this Independence Day celebration to re-iterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
“This administration has made appreciable progress in redressing these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.
“The Federal Government will continue to mobilize resources both internationally and nationally towards funding education to ensure that our citizens are well educated and skilled in various vocations in view of the fact that education is a leading determinant of economic growth and employment generation.