Buhari pleads with ASUU, students

President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off the strike.

He made the appeals at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award in Abuja yesterday.

To the students, the President said: “Exercise patience as the government works its way to resolve the issues at stake.

Buhari pledged that the Federal Government would continue to do everything possible to uplift the standard of education in the country.

His words: ‘‘Quality educational system is good not just for the national economy; it is also good for the citizens.

‘‘Ignoring the productivity dimension of education would endanger the prosperity of future generations, with widespread repercussions for poverty and social exclusion.

‘‘It will be difficult to improve our economic performance and overall productivity, without improving our educational system.

‘‘Government notes the emergency 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.’’



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