President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its over seven-month industrial and return to the classrooms.
He also assured them that their demands would be met within the scarce resources of the state.
He stated this while addressing the nation to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day, on Saturday, October 1, 1960.
The president 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.
“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 reiterate 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,” he said
He added that 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.
According to him, this is in view of the fact that education is a leading determinant of economic growth and employment generation.
”As we put in place all measures to ensure that Nigeria takes her place in the Comity of Nations, we recognise 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.”