President Muhammadu Buhari says the demands made by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) are valid.
The Nigerian leader made this known on Saturday at the 70th Convocation Ceremony of the prestigious University of Ibadan, Oyo state.
Asuu is demanding for improved welfare, infrastructure, funding and other contentious issues affecting the nation’s universities.
And due to the aforementioned demands and more, lecturers in public varsities in Nigeria are on strike, which they commenced on Monday, November 5, 2018.
Represented at the gathering by vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari, however, said the government could not do it alone, calling for alternative sources of funding education.
The celebration saw six Nigerians conferred with honorary doctoral awards. They include: Bode Akindele; Prof.(Mrs.) Bolanle Awe; Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, Mrs Olufunmilayo Olopade, Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje, and Prof. Omoniyi Adewoye.
Buhari admitted that the nation’s education was underfunded but regretted that the Federal Government could not meet all the demands of the lecturers.
He, therefore, called on the authorities of various institutions to explore other sources of fund to meet their demands.