President Buhari has expressed discomfort over the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
He described as “amazing” the failure of the lecturers to suspend their eight-month strike.
In a statement credited to the President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, after a meeting with 36 state governors on security challenges in the country.
President Buhari asked the state governors to work with traditional rulers for local intelligence’.
While speaking on the eight-month-long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the President was quoted as saying “lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country”.
“Government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country.
“The Minister of Labour is working hard at it. It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country,” the president added.
ASUU has been on strike since March 2020 over demands for more funding for public universities and renegotiation of the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement.
Others are outstanding earned academic allowances, the excessive spread of universities by state governments and the constitution of Visitation Panels to Federal Universities.
ASUU also challenged the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System used in settling workers salaries by the FG and instead, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which is currently undergoing test-run by the National Information Technology Development Agency.
According to Galaxy TV, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union had also proposed the University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System in place of the IPPIS.
The Federal government has said it will pay N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance, N30billion for renewal of the education sector, and the arrears of salaries to the university teachers, adding that the only vital issue was the disagreement over the payment platform.