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Buhari urges ASUU to call off strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to reconsider their position on the prolonged strike.

Addressing some APC Governors in Daura on Monday, the President observes that the strike would affect the education system and future development of the country.

The President, who received some governors of the APC, legislators and political leaders at his residence, 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.

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

ASUU should sympathise

He said he hoped ASUU would sympathise with the people on the prolonged strike, stressing that “enough is enough” for keeping students at home.

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

He said students from Nigerian universities would be faced with the challenge of competing with others in a highly-connected and technology-driven work space and opportunities to be relevant on the global stage.

The President said colonial type of education was geared towards producing workers in government, stressing that young people should get education to prepare them for self-employment.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Adeniyi Bakare