By G9ija

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their strike in the interest of students.

The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

The President recalled his February 1 directive to his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, Ministers of Education as well as those of Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige respectively to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved lecturers.

ASUU, in a statement on Monday, said since the President’s directive was issued, no meeting had been held to resolve the conflicts.

ASUU said failure of the government to show concern about its demands forced it to extend the three-month-old strike by another three months.

The President also appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), to exercise patience as government works to resolve the crisis.