The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lampooned the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba for describing the union as ‘wicked’ and ‘mean’ for embarking on strike.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that Nwajiuba in an interview with The Punch described the union and other groups in Nigerian Universities currently on strike as wicked.
Reacting, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said he will not honour Nwajiuba with a response, adding that the government would have resolved the lingering crisis if they really wanted the students back to school.
He said, “I will not honour people like Nwajiuba with my response. If the government wants the children of the ordinary Nigerian people to have good education like their children who are schooling abroad, they would have resolved the problem within one week.
“Ask Nwajiuba why the Ministry of Education has refused to meet with the ASUU?”
University of Lagos ASUU chairman, Dr Dele Ashiru, while reacting, described Nwajiuba’s statement as provocative.
He said, “This is the kind of reaction you get from those who became ministers of the Federal Republic based on quota system. If the minister knows that ASUU would eventually get what it wants why wait until the system is shut down?
“Is it sane for the conditions of service of a worker to remain the same in the last 12 years? The remark by the minister is therefore, to say the least, provocative, callous and insensate.
“As for ASUP and COEASU, if they are comfortable with empty promises from an insensitive ruining elite, good for them.”
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