ASUU Lambasts Education Minister Over Comment On Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday in Ibadan lashed out at Minister of State for Edu­cation Emeka Nwajiuba, over what it described as a reckless and irresponsible comment that the union is “mean and wicked for shutting down uni­versities.”

ASUU chairman Univer­sity Ibadan, Prof Ayo Akin­wole, in a release stated that lecturers in Nigeria have sac­rificed their labour, sweat and health “only for parasites in government to come and de­stroy common heritage and collective patrimony

Nwajiuba, in an inter­view with a national news­paper, had said that, “there is nothing that they (ASUU) are doing or asking for that is wrong. What we’ve consis­tently asked is that the gov­ernment and the people of Nigeria will continue to look into the matter because if you disrupt academic sessions because of entitlements you would eventually get the en­titlement but we would have lost the time our children would have used in learning. You are being mean. There is no point in disrupting every­body’s life because you have not got your money.”

While reacting to this, Akinwole said the Minister represents one of the decep­tive and insincere characters of the Buhari administration.https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?client=ca-pub-5972781970633443&output=html&h=250&slotname=7412790017&adk=4276036585&adf=286047057&pi=t.ma~as.7412790017&w=300&lmt=1649750807&psa=1&format=300×250&url=https%3A%2F%2Findependent.ng%2Fasuu-lambasts-education-minister-over-comment-on-strike%2F&wgl=1&adsid=ChEI8MbUkgYQg_jis6uY-LmwARI5ADzTUaF9Gknj_AJhA1o_NpE8BMk9_4_wdslCWeejfykI1RLpSwFF3KmNnCeuM6GfeThyCf1F0qaR&uach=WyJXaW5kb3dzIiwiMTAuMC4wIiwieDg2IiwiIiwiMTAwLjAuNDg5Ni42MCIsW10sbnVsbCxudWxsLCI2NCIsW1siIE5vdCBBO0JyYW5kIiwiOTkuMC4wLjAiXSxbIkNocm9taXVtIiwiMTAwLjAuNDg5Ni42MCJdLFsiR29vZ2xlIENocm9tZSIsIjEwMC4wLjQ4OTYuNjAiXV0sZmFsc2Vd&tt_state=W3siaXNzdWVyT3JpZ2luIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9wYWdlYWQyLmdvb2dsZXN5bmRpY2F0aW9uLmNvbSIsInN0YXRlIjoyOSwiaGFzUmVkZW1wdGlvblJlY29yZCI6dHJ1ZX1d&dt=1649752200836&bpp=2&bdt=810908&idt=2&shv=r20220406&mjsv=m202203300101&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Da8eb89cce80ae6eb%3AT%3D1647591814%3AS%3DALNI_Mbft0z2mfz-FQNQSe2Hx54Kb0fM1Q&prev_fmts=0x0%2C1327x631%2C756x280%2C300x250%2C756x280%2C756x280%2C300x250&nras=4&correlator=4382510082908&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1481202956.1647591793&ga_sid=1649751433&ga_hid=490649262&ga_fc=1&ga_cid=1317265080.1649751443&u_tz=60&u_his=3&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_sd=1&dmc=8&adx=346&ady=2457&biw=1327&bih=574&scr_x=0&scr_y=700&eid=44759876%2C44759927%2C44759842%2C44760475%2C31061828%2C21067496%2C31064019%2C31062931&oid=2&psts=AGkb-H-Ykq7y2b9qRvAyQ9SZ1ZsNi-vmQvi7yum8uGnnTOuGge4JYpLXdDiQhCMXaprcGu_kDYJtNKhN1U8JEw%2CAGkb-H-hB-uXf8el0Yh1vNGD6ujkisOSTLxl9_JeRxVbU4KXM8hjZ6I-91ybXVAm5c-nT690adErEkC-EbUJBg%2CAGkb-H90dga2OgTtTxXoif5lraxiyz0CwUW1GEbkTj3Z9WsecseMVtuNE4NzWXVA7pIMYGguJaY5lT9EVBiheA%2CAGkb-H-6sXqE4aeatwgFZ_d-S6DlGT62EFEeJfM5-9lKijov2RQWWmA86Jpve6Aaab7tUsb-3mkZNSIM-NIlKi9MMQ&pvsid=4162992412519378&pem=172&tmod=793771921&uas=1&nvt=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fc.newsnow.co.uk%2F&eae=0&fc=896&brdim=2%2C1%2C2%2C1%2C1366%2C0%2C1360%2C719%2C1344%2C574&vis=1&rsz=o%7C%7CeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=0&bc=31&ifi=18&uci=a!i&btvi=6&fsb=1&xpc=4ertn5RjL0&p=https%3A//independent.ng&dtd=18

According to him, it was a sign of acceptance of failure for a Minister to admit that they have been irresponsi­ble by pleading with a union to bury the welfare of her members and not fight for infrastructure face-lift for the children of the masses and new salary for the welfare of her members.about:blank https://ad.a-ads.com/1967452?size=728×90 https://ad.a-ads.com/1765545?size=300×250 about:blank

The ASUU boss, who challenged the Minister to make public his salary and allowances, also asked him to tell Nigerians how much he is owed by the govern­ment since he became Min­ister.

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Akinwole said the Minis­ter should cover his head in shame for heading a ministry where the budget to educa­tion has regressed since his assumption of office, saying, “this government fails to real­ise that not funding education adequately is itself influenc­ing insecurity in the country.

“ASUU has become very tolerant and tolerates suffer­ing for the sake of students and Nigeria. We have shown understanding but this gov­ernment has even failed to deliver on the timeline agreement we signed with this government. Nwajiuba’s claim is deceptive and un­founded. This is a deceptive government. They have set up 40 committees on our re­negotiation since 2017 and the same government is now set­ting up another committee to look into what those ones did for almost four years? They are unserious, wicked and parasitic leaders”.

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