- The Academic Staff Union of Universities has been on strike for eight months sparking outrage in the country
- The outrage was further heightened when the minister of education's name was listed as one of those to receive national honours
- Nigerians students say the plan to honour the minister is an insult to all their members nationwide and abroad
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The minister is to be honoured with Commander of the Order of Niger by President Muhammadu Buhari at a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, October 11.
Reacting in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Monday, October 3, Giwa Temitope, NANS spokesperson, condemned the move.
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Part of the statement read:
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“It constitutes an insult to the collective intelligence of Nigerian students both home and in the diaspora that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu under whose nose University students have been home for close to 8 months is to be awarded the National Honours of Commander of the Order of Niger.
“This singular act of the Buhari’s administration is a clear pointer to the fact that Nigerian students have been taken for a ride. And, we see this as the final straw that breaks the back of the camel of Buhari’s much-touted integrity.
“Over the years, successive administrations in the country have shown to the Nigerian people that the National Honours is more of recognition of patronage than recognition of excellence. But, Maj. Gen. Buhari (rtd.) has taken a step further to show to the mass of Nigerian students that we are not on the priority list of the administration.
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“It is so unfortunate that a country which offered so much in hope and possibilities at independence has today become a land of suffering, insecurity and near hopelessness signposted by youth unemployment and an underfunded educational sector.”
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Meanwhile, as the ASUU strike lingers, the Labour Party says its presidential candidate can address the lecturers' concerns in 24 hours.
The party's spokesman, Yunusa Tanko, says Peter Obi can resolve knotty issues because he thinks outside the box.
Tanko further stated that the plans of Obi for Nigeria are progressive and aimed at stimulating production.
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On his part, Accord Party presidential candidate, Professor Christopher Imumolen has called on the Nigerian authorities to reduce the stiffness surrounding the regulation of the crucial sector to allow private players inject excellence.
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He said with more private players in the sector, ASUU strike is likely to be a thing of the past.
According to him, education is the fulcrum that carries national development and human capital enhancement, and it should not be shut down as Nigeria is currently doing.