You resign and go farm: ASUU to Minister

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked the Minister of state for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba to resign his appointment if he has interests in agriculture and “stop displaying his cluelessness of the problems in the education sector.”

This is in response to a comment by the Minister of state for Education on a television program suggesting farming to the striking lecturers saying they cannot dictate to their employers how they should be paid.

Professor Ayo Akinwole, ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan expressed his displeasure in the Minister’s comment citing the efforts of universities in agriculture. He said “As Scientists, experts in Agriculture faculties continue to conduct research mainly with external funding or personal monies. But Nigerian government who failed to protect farmers and exposed Nigerians to excruciating poverty is not making use of research findings”.

“If the Minister of State for Education is interested in farming, he should resign his appointment and stop displaying his cluelessness of the problems in the education sector.”

“We are on a just fight to ensure that those in public offices become responsive and responsible to the masses they swore to serve. They must fund public education”.

“We have been on the same salary since 2009. That is no longer sustainable. The universities are being run with personal sweats of lecturers while politicians siphon monies for personal aggrandizement.

“We cannot accept IPPIS that is against the laws of the land and which fails to recognize the uniqueness of the academic profession and culture.”

“We have brought an alternative using our members’ money. People like this Minister of State mirrors the disdain of ruling class for the workers and people of the country,” Akinwole said.

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