President Muhammadu Buhari, according to Vanguard News, has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the industrial action embarked upon by its members in the overall interest of the country.
PMB made the call in Ndufu-Alike, Abakaliki, during the third convocation ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University in Ebonyi state.
According to Vanguard News, PMB who was represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Victor Onuoha, said the Federal Government had provided the requisite environment for teaching and learning in Nigerian universities.
“Consequently, I urge ASUU to suspend its ongoing industrial action in the overall national interest.
“This administration is not unmindful of the fact that funding for education may not be adequate largely due to lean resources and other competing national needs. I want to assure Nigerians that we will continue to do the needful within the limited available resources,” he stated.
President Muhammad Buhari congratulated the institution and felicitated with the graduating students for completing their university education.
“These fresh minds represent our hope for a better future as they are expected to invest their time and intellectual resources in the development of our nation and the world at large.
“Universities have critical roles to play in nation building. They must justify this through excellent, innovative ideas and empowering the youth with right mental attitude, functional knowledge and saleable skills to be globally competitive and develop our nation.
“Nigerian universities should ensure that students are provided with capacities to discover their innate qualities and use same to impact positively on the global economy,” he added.