President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its on-going industrial action in the interest of the country.

On Tuesday During the 3rd Convocation Ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme-Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) Ebonyi, Buhari gave the charge

Due to the fact that both parties (ASUU, FG) failed to reach an agreement again, it has been reported that the ongoing strike declared by ASUU continues

According to NAN, Buhari, who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Victor Onuoha said the government was aware of the problems confronting the sector.

The President said that his administration realised the importance of education in nation building and pledged its continued support and provision to the sector

“We are not unmindful of the funding challenge faced by the education sector, occasioned by dwindling resources and other competing national needs.
“We will, however, continue doing the needful to improve the nation’s educational sector within available, limited resources,” he said.

“We will continue providing the specific infrastructure through annual appropriation and other interventions such as the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) Fund, NEEDS assessment, among others.

“Universities have critical roles to play in nation building as they must justify their establishment through excellent, production-based research activities, innovative ideas, empowerment of youths among others,” he said.

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