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ASUU Strike: Again, President Buhari Urges Lecturers to Return to Classrooms


President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is personally pained by the frequent closure of the nation’s public universities.

Mr Buhari, who said this on Saturday during a media chat to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary, appealed to the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to classrooms while negotiations on other unresolved issues on the union’s demand list.

The president said: “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 re-iterate 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.”

Mr Buhari said his administration has made appreciable progress in redressing “these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.”

He said the government will continue to mobilise resources “both internationally and nationally towards funding education to ensure that our citizens are well educated and skilled in various vocations in view of the fact that education is a leading determinant of economic growth and employment generation.”

Source: PremiumTimes


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