By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been urged to examine the plight of the students and suspend the ongoing strike.
Speaking at the 19th National Productivity Day in Abuja on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari said efforts were being made to resolve lingering issues between the union and the federal government.
The ASUU had previously issued a two-month warning to force the government to honor the agreement signed in 2009, but after nothing was done, it extended the industrial action for another three months.
While presenting the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award to 48 eminent Nigerians and public and private sector organizations, for their high productivity, hard work and excellence, President Buhari revealed that his administration recognizes that the future of any nation depends on the level of its education system, promising to raise the level of education system in the country.
According to him, he had earlier ordered his chief of staff, ministers of labor and employment, education, finance, budget and national planning to bring all parties to the negotiating table immediately. to again critically examine the gray areas of ASUU’s claims.
Mr. Buhari expressed his optimism that all the issues will be resolved, calling on the speakers to be patient. He also urged students in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions to give the government time to address the lingering problems in the country’s university system within available resources.
While talking about the theme of this year’s celebration, Increasing productivity through an improved education systemthe president revealed that efforts would be made to “transform Nigeria into a competitive, strong, vibrant, productive and sustainable economy.”
“A quality education system is not only good for the national economy; it is also good for the citizens,” he revealed, pointing out that “Ignoring the productivity dimension of education would endanger the prosperity of future generations, with widespread repercussions on poverty and social exclusion. “.
According to him, “it will be difficult to improve our economic performance and our overall productivity, without improving our educational system”.
He said the administration was aware of “the emergency situation in our education system with particular reference to the shortage of qualified and dedicated teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning at all levels. of our education system.
Some of the laureates were the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh and Mr. Babatunde Lawal.
The other recipients were the National President of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Abdullahi Adamu; the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha; the former Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chike Ihekweazu; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; President and Founder, BUA Group, Mr. Abdusamad Rabiu; Chairman of Globacom, Mr. Mike Adenuga Jnr; Professor Stanley Okolo, Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) and Allen Onyema, Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, among others.