- Finally, President Buhari reacted to the ongoing ASUU strike
President Muhammadu Buhari in his recent message to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the strike in the interest of the country. He added that the education sector has funding challenge and gave his words that his administration will continue funding it through annual appropriation and other interventions.
He however, urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the on-going industrial action in the interest of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Victor Onuoha, the deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Tuesday, December 18, during the 3rd convocation ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) Ebony when he gave his speech saying “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 added, “this administration realised the importance of education in nation building and pledged its continued support and provision to the sector”.
He continued in his speech “We will continue providing 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,”
However, he congratulated the Alake of Egbaland, HRH Michael Gbadebo and Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, former minister of education and health for the conferment of honourary doctoral degrees on them by the institution. In the president’s words, Victor Onuoha said “The conferment is in recognition of their immense contributions to the development of the nation’s university system. I congratulate AE-FUNAI for the successful organisation of its third convocation ceremony and urge the graduands to utilise the opportunity and excel in their chosen careers,”