The National Association of Nigerian Students has demanded the sacking of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, over the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
In a statement signed by the NANS president, Sunday Asefon, they said tertiary education had collapsed under Adamu’s watch.
Part of the statement reads:
“You will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on the 19th of July, 2022 gave the Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu two weeks ultimatum to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to ensure that students return to classes.
“You will also recall while this ultimatum subsists ASUU extended the strike by another four weeks.
“It is therefore abundantly clear that the Minister of Education lacks the capacity required to manage such an important ministry as the Ministry of Education.
“He has shown over the years his lack of capacity, know-how, and adequate understanding of the complexity of educational management. This development calls to question his qualification to be appointed as minister of education in the first place. His total lack of compassion and empathy for the plight of Nigerian students speak volumes.
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“Since he became minister, ASUU has gone on strike for almost 18 months cumulatively, and the entire educational structure of our tertiary education system is in total shamble under his watch. It is therefore imperative to call on the President to immediately relieve him of his duty in the ministry and bring in a more competent hand, educated, experienced, physically fit, and willing enough to begin the process of salvaging the debris of the collapse of the education system in Nigeria with the hope of rebuilding it.
“NANS under our leadership will leave no stone unturned to ensure that our demands are acceded to, as we will do all that is required to reawaken the spirit of the Ali-Must-Go to ensure that Adamu-Must Go. The nation and well-meaning Nigerians must prevail on the government to fire the minister as this will serve as the only good radiance to the bad rubbish we have witnessed under his leadership of the ministry.”
AF24NEWS reports that on February 14, the Academic Staff Union of Universities commenced its ongoing strike on claims that the Federal Government failed to meet its demands.
The demands are the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.