The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday,asked Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, Minister of State for education to resign and start farming.
ASUU said this in reaction to what the minister said about the striking lecturers and his comment about giving up the teaching profession to start farming, he also said,ASUU can not dictate how they should be paid by their employer.
But,ASUU described Nwajiuba’s statement as a stark reflection of his shallow thinking and understanding of the academic profession and also a result of the low premium the current administration placed on education.
Prof. Ayo Akinwole,the chairman of ASUU,University of Ibadan said the minister of State has “portrayed his naivety on education matters”
He added, “If the minister of state wants to go into farming he should resign his appointment and stop displaying his cluelessness to the problems affecting the education sector.
“We are in a just fight to ensure people in public offices becomes a responsive and responsible men and women and to carry out the duties they swore to the masses that they will 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 politician siphon monies for personal aggrandisement. We would not accept IPPIS, that is against the laws of the land and which fails to recognise the uniqueness of the academic profession and culture.
” We have brought an alternative using our member’s money. People like this Member of State mirror the distain of ruling class for the workers and people of the country.