The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has questioned the Minister of Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba over the purchase of his N100 million nomination form.
The ASUU Chairperson, Federal University, Otuoke Bayelsa chapter, Socrates Ebo questioned the minister and presidential aspirant.
Ebo said Nwajiuba owes the people of Nigeria an explanation on how he came up with the money. According to Ebo, in extreme cases, Nwajiba has to make certain statements to the anti-connection structures.
”It is a shame that a serving junior minister of education will boldly declare that he is starving university lecturers all over the nation for daring to ask that the education system in the country be improved.”
“Truly, you can’t shame the shameless. Since when has demanding for the improvement of education in the country become an offence? This is a very sad low in the annals of our country. Indeed, charlatans have taken charge of our affairs.
“The minister of education should be educated that lecturers’ duties include: community service, teaching and research. As we speak, lecturers all over the country are engaged in research and community service.
“The strike is a last resort in the attempt to make a reason-deaf government to improve facilities in our public universities, pay lecturers a living wage and stop the frittering away of the nation’s dwindling resources through IPPIS. What part of this demand is crime?
“The minister who is putting up a show of pretending to attempt to lead the country should rather tell Nigerians how he came by a whooping sum of N100m to purchase his party’s nomination form when his legitimate salary is less than a million naira in a month.
“If this were a serious country, he should be making some explanations to ICPC and EFCC by now. Unfortunately, we are in a season of absurdities. Those who previously declared that no serious government would ever allow lecturers to go on strike are now not only forcing lecturers into strike but are also starving them on top of that. What an irony of history! It is well with Nigeria!” ASUU members have been on strike since February 14, 2022