5 Months Strike: President Buhari Addresses ASUU, Gives 1 Strong Directive
- The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have been given a directive to end the ongoing strike action
- The directive was handed to the union by President Muhammadu Buhari during a meeting with some key members of the APC including governors
- According to the president, ASUU should sympathise with students, parents and Nigerians as a whole
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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the five-month-long strike that has kept students of the tertiary institutions across the country at home.
Speaking while receiving some governors, legislators and political leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his hometown in Daura, Katsina state on Monday, July 11, the president said that students cannot continue to stay at home.
Calling on members and leadership of ASUU to reconsider their positions on the ongoing strike action, President Buhari pleaded that negotiations should continue, with students in lecture halls.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, the president expressed worry over the long period spent out of school by students of tertiary institutions.
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The statement said that the ongoing strike had already taken a toll on the psychology of parents, students and other stakeholders, throwing up many moral issues that already beg for attention.
Reeling out the consequences of the strike action on the students, families, the nation and its educational system, the president urged the union to sympathise with the people on the prolonged strike
“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.
“Through technology, we are much more efficient. We should encourage our children to get education, not only to look for government jobs.
“By this time next year, I would have made the most out of the two terms, and in the remaining months I will do my best."
Finally, ASUU agrees to call off strike, gives 2 major conditions
ASUU had finally agreed to call off its long strike action but reiterated that it will only happen if the federal government meets two major demands.
The president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke said the only reason why the strike will be called off is if the federal agrees to the UTAS payment platform and concur with the 2009 treaty.
He, however, stated that the agitation against the government was in the best interest of Nigerian students.
Buhari to give final resolution on ASUU strike, UTAS, says Ngige
Meanwhile, the minister for labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige had revealed that decisions on will soon be made on the UTAS payment platform.
According to Ngige, President Muhammadu Buhari will issue a directive in light of the issue as well as an increment of salary for lecturers.
Ngige made this known via a statement on Sunday, June 26 stating that the inter-ministerial departments and agencies committees of the federal government would in turn in their reports on Wednesday, June 29 to help in the decision of the president.