ASUU strike: Call off, consider students – Buhari begs lecturers

ASUU strike: Call off, consider students – Buhari begs lecturers

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appealed to lecturers in public Universities to consider the plights of Nigerian students and shelve its ongoing strike which has shut down academic activities nationwide.

Last Monday, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), extended its strike which began on February 14, 2022 by 12 weeks over alleged failure of federal government to meet the union’s demands.

The President made the appeal 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.

Buhari urged students in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions to exercise patience as the government strives to address the nagging issues in the nation’s University system within the ambit of the resources available.

He recalled that he had earlier directed the Chief of Staff, Hon. Ministers of Labour and Employment, Education, Finance, Budget and National Planning to immediately bring all parties to the negotiation table to again critically look at the grey areas in the demands of ASUU and in fact all other University based labour unions.

He further pledged that the Federal Government would continue to do everything possible to uplift the standard of the educational system in the country, adding that his administration recognised that the future of any nation is contingent on the standard of its educational system.

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Speaking further, Buhari said, ‘‘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,’’ he said.

To address these challenges, President Buhari said his administration has reviewed the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years, while years of service have now been moved from 35 to 40 years to encourage more graduates to join the teaching profession.

The theme of this year’s celebration ‘”Achieving Higher Productivity through Improved Education System”.

TheNewspad reports that the aggrieved lecturers had called for the deployment of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in replacement for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which is the current salary payment platform.

But the federal government threatened invoke ‘no work, no pay order’ in response to the handline posture of the lecturers.

Three weeks ago, President Muhammadu Buhari set up a three-man Committee to intervene and find amicable solution to the federal government and ASUU unpasse.

But the Committee is yet to reach out to the aggrieved lecturers, according to Dr. Dele Ashiru, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Lagos (UNILAG).

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