ASUU has been asked by President Muhammadu Buhari to change its stance since the continuing strike action is still having a negative impact on the nation and a whole generation.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement after meeting with certain governors, lawmakers, and political figures from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday at his home in Daura, Katsina State.
Activists in the South-South were also encouraged by him to cease damaging government property, which, he claimed, also had an impact on their ability to support themselves, according to NAN.
The strike, according to Buhari, has already had an impact on the psychology of parents, students, and other stakeholders, bringing to light numerous moral issues that want consideration.
Buhari stated, “We hope that ASUU will sympathise with the people on the ongoing strike. The FG respects the union’s viewpoint. The days of keeping students at home are genuinely over. Please, do not harm the coming generation.
He urged ASUU officials and members to persuade the lecturers to change their minds about it in light of how it would affect the nation and an entire generation.
“Nigerian students will be faced with the challenge of competing with others in a technology-driven workspace,” he said, adding that keeping them at home, only deprives them of time, skill and opportunities to be relevant on the global stage.
“Colonial type education was geared towards producing workers in government. Those jobs are no longer there.
“Our young people should get education to prepare them for self-employment. Now education is for the sake of education.
“Through technology, we are much more efficient. We should encourage our children to get education not only to look for government jobs,’’ the president stressed.
Regarding infrastructure, he argued that funds should be directed more on developing the infrastructure and carrying out the operations of the health and educational sectors rather than growing the bureaucracy to add jobs.
In terms of security, the president claimed that the Northwest had presented more difficulties while other areas, such the Northeast and the South-South, had seen some success.
Additionally, Buhari warned South-South agitators to cease damaging national property, saying that doing so also had an impact on their livelihoods.