Seek alternatives to strike, Buhari begs trade unions

President Muhammadu Buhari has again appealed to trade unions, especially the Academic and Staff Union of Universities, to shun strike as a tool for pressing home their demands.

He made this appeal on Thursday at the 74th Foundation Day/Convocation ceremonies of the University of Ibadan at the International Conference Centre, Ibadan.

Buhari said strike actions would only compound the already poor state of the education sector and erode the national and international reputation of public universities.

The President, whose message was delivered by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, made a further appeal to the unions to always show restraint.

He said, “It is disheartening that in the outgoing year, virtually all the university trade unions, ASUU, SSANU, NASU, and NAAT, declared a protracted trade dispute with dire consequences for our economy, an unnecessary distraction of our academic calendar, and the consequence of frustration and insecurity among our youths.

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