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.×250&!i&btvi=6&fsb=1&xpc=4ertn5RjL0&p=https%3A//

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×90×250 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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