The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has counsel Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who is the Minister of State for Education, to resign his position and return to farm immediately.

The University body gave this counsel while responding to Nwajiuba statement where the minister told the lecturers to go back to the farm.

Ngrealnews gathered that Nwajiuba had previously appealed university lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU to think farming as an alternative profession.

The Minister of State for Education, had suggested farming to the lecturers saying they cannot dictate how they should be paid to their employers while participating on a television program.

According to ASUU reactions, said that the statement credited by Nwajiuba is a image of his lack of understanding of the academic profession and a reflection of the low premium that the government he is serving placed on education.

Professor Ayo Akinwole, the ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, noted that the Minister of State for Education has “displayed his gullibility on educational issues.

Professor Ayo, disclosed that the scarcity of farmers is an image of the failed government he is part of to make farming secured for legitimate farmers.

Professor Ayo also added that the ASUU stand firms not to be running only on welfare of its members while neglected deteriorated infrastructure and underfunding of public universities but determined to continue to tackle sycophant like Nwajiuba who chaired over a Ministry where no Nigerian University is in the top one hundred in the world.

Professor Ayo called Nwajiuba to resign his position and embrace farming as a worthy national service.

Professor disclosed that if President Muhammadu Buhari led-government is not adding lip service to education, he would not have always cuts budgetary allocation and money to education since assumption of office.

Professor Ayo added that Government University lecturers are owed earned academic allowances from 2013 to date called the Minister of State for Education to declare publicly if he has been owed allowances and how much since he assumed office.

“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 aggrandisement. We cannot accept IPPIS that is against the laws of the land and which fails to recognise the uniqueness of academic profession and culture. We have brought an alternative using our members’ money. People like this Minister of State mirrors the disdain of the ruling class for the workers and people of the country”.

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