The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address issues that impact ordinary Nigerians in his second tenure.
ASUU also stated that it is expedient for the Buhari administration to implement all agreements it entered into with the union during its strike.
The union further called on the President to implement policies that will positively impact key economic sectors such as education, health, transportation and employment.
National President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party who polled 11,262,978 in the presidential poll conducted on Feb. 23.
Reacting, Ogunyemi said:
“We must have a Nigeria that is liveable in the sense that what some people have been taking for granted must now be seen to engage the attention of any government that cares for the masses especially the under-previleged.
“That is why we as a union, are calling for free education at all levels because we know that Nigeria as a country can afford it.
“There is provision for it in our 1999 constitution as amended.
“For us to look towards a future that we can all be proud of, we must task government to be more pro-active in matters concerning the poor masses.”
“This government signed a MoA with us and we will insist on it. That is not negotiable.
“Government is a continuum. Now that they are still in the saddle, that makes it more imperative for them to implement the MoA to the latter,” he said.