President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plight of students and call off the ongoing strike.

The President also urged students in Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions to exercise patience as the government strives to address the nagging issues in the nation’s university system within the ambit of the resources available.

He made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day and the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award (NPOM)

The 19th National productivity Day celebration and conferment of national productivity order of Merit award is observed at national and state levels to promote productivity culture among workers in both private and public sectors of the economy.

The theme of this year’s national productivity Day celebration is: Achieving higher productivity through improved educational system and president Muhammadu Buhari said his administration recognised that the future of any nation is contingent on the standard of its educational system.

On the potracted strike embarked upon by the university teachers, Mr President called all parties to the negotiation table so as to critically look at the grey areas in the demands of ASUU.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said since the inception of the award in 1991, aside prominent individuals , 97 organisations have been honoured with the National Productivity award based on their overall productive endeavors

Meanwhile,48 Nigerians received the productivity award for 2019 and 2020 editions .

The recipients include the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; immediate past Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chike Ihekweazu and the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi.

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