The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) expressed its displeasure on Tuesday that Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, is still in office despite admitting failure.
Adamu Adamu was widely quoted in the media on November 4 as saying, “I failed as Minister of Education.”
As a result, ASUU characterized President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to act against the minister as part of “an wicked gang up against public education in Nigeria.”
ASUU accused the Buhari regime of “a secret objective aiming the casualization of academia and, by extension, stifling public universities in Nigeria” during a peaceful protest at Modibbo Adama University (MAU) Yola, Adamawa State.
According to them, two major ministers, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, have made significant contributions to maintaining the deadlock between ASUU and the federal government afloat.
ASUU chairperson, El-Maude J G said, “the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in pursuant of his vendetta and war he declared against ASUU, wrote to the Minister of Finance to pay our members pro-rata salaries, thus, treating us as casual labourers.
“The refusal to pay our members their 7 months withheld salary and payment of pro-rata salary is a clear indication of a hidden agenda targeting the casualisation of the academia.
“Moreover, Adamu Adamu has categorically stated he has failed in discharging his responsibilities but President Buhari is still maintaining him as a Minister.”
ASUU claimed a number of other points in the conflict, including “In 2017, 2019, and 2020, ASUU signed three Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) with the present government. However, the government failed to implement key elements of the Memorandum of Understanding.”
The union highlighted that practically all current government officials were beneficiaries of free education in Nigeria, but they had failed to give the same courtesy to underprivileged students. El-Maude went on to say that “they are comfortable siphoning our collective resources to educate their children in private and foreign universities.”
While promising to keep fighting for the restoration of the university system for the benefit of poor Nigerians, El-Maude stated that ASUU “would resist all attempts to treat academic staff of institutions as casual laborers.”
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