President Buhari has made an appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike for the sake of Nigerian students.
The President stated this while speaking at the 19th National Productivity Day and the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM) on 48 eminent Nigerians and organisations in both the public and private sectors, for their high productivity, hardwork and excellence on Thursday, May 12.
A statement released by his media aide, Femi Adesina, said the President urged ASUU to consider the plight of students and also urged students in public tertiary institutions to be patient.
President Buhari promised that the Federal Government would continue to do everything possible to uplift the standard of the educational system in the country. He said his administration recognised that the future of any nation was contingent on the standard of its educational system.
‘‘Therefore, if we desire to transform Nigeria into a competitive, strong, vibrant, productive and sustainable economy, improving our educational system should be accorded the highest priority. Government notes the emergency situation in our educational system with particular reference to the dearth of qualified and dedicated teachers to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at all levels of our educational system,” Buhari stated.