President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying the strikes are inimical to the health and progress of the higher institutions in Nigeria.
The President made this known during the 41st convocation ceremony of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria during the weekend.
Speaking during the convocation ceremony, President Buhari noted that the action is worrisome and disheartening.
The President noted that industrial actions cause loss of time in learning hours by young men and women; in their quest to graduate and join the nation-building.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rashid, Buhari appealed to the leadership of ASUU and other university-based unions to be more sensitive in the pursuit of their demands in the institution.
In his words; “It is only when there is peace and stability, that government is able to consolidate the gains and successes recorded in the advancement of higher education in this country.
“I am appealing to leadership and rank and file of all Universities-based unions to be more sensitive in their pursuit of welfare and other demands in the University,” he added.
Buhari said that since assumption of office, his administration has accorded and continued to invest substantially in the education sector.
He said despite finance challenges, his government had not relented in its determination to ensure that education was revitalised to gain access to global civilization in the twenty-first century.