Continue negotiations with students in classroom, Buhari tells ASUU

EXPRESSING worry that the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will have generational consequences on families, the educational system and future development of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, in Daura, Katsina State, called on the Union to reconsider their position on the prolonged strike.

The President, made the appeal when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), legislators and political leaders at his residence.

He said the 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.

While assuring the union that the government understands their position, and urge that negotiations should continue, with students in lecture halls, President Buhari noted that the future of the country rests on the quality of educational institutions and education.

“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,” he said.

Speaking further, the President called on all well meaning Nigerians, particularly those close to the leaders and members of the Union, to intervene in persuading the lecturers to reconsider their position, and the ripple effect on an entire generation and the nation.

According to him, students from Nigerian universities will be faced with the challenge of competing with others in a highly connected and technology-driven work space, and keeping them at home only deprives them of time, skill and opportunities to be relevant on the global stage.

“Colonial type education was geared towards producing workers in government. Those jobs are no longer there. Our young people should get education to prepare them for self-employment. Now education is for the sake of education.

“Through technology we are much more efficient. We should encourage our children to get education, not only to look for government jobs,” the president added.

He stated that resources should be channeled more into building infrastructure and operations of the health and educational sector, not to expand the bureaucracy to create job opportunities.

“By this time next year, I would have made the most out of the two terms, and the remaining months I will do my best,” Buhari said.

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