President Muhammadu Buhari said the continued outcome of the strike by trade unions, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a negotiating tool is disappointing.
newsonline It was reported that President Buhari expressed regret that the strike was disrupting the lives of students and the economy.
President Buhari said this at the University of Ibadan’s 74thoundation Day Ceremony held at the University’s International Conference Centre.
“The strikes only exacerbate the already poor state of our education sector and undermine the national and international reputation of our public universities,” said Buhari, who is represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed. .
Buhari added that it was “disappointing that in the outgoing year, almost all of the university’s trade unions were; ASSU, SANU, NASU and NAAT declared a protracted trade dispute, which has had disastrous consequences for our economy and caused unnecessary disruptions to the academic calendar in our universities along with the resulting sense of frustration and insecurity among our youth.”
Professor Rashid affirmed that the federal government remains committed to the welfare of employees and students, saying, “We will continue to deal with many disputed issues in our various institutions within the limits of the resources available to the government.”
However, he called on ASU to reciprocate the government’s gesture toward improving the standard of education in the country by contributing and seeking alternative means of resolving disputes other than a strike.
“For their part, universities will need to reciprocate the government’s gesture by striving at all times to meet expectations and justify the massive investment in them,” Bukhari said.