The current Minister of State for Education of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has revealved that agreement with Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) unlike the Academic Staff Union of Universities which FG said it is selfish for the unions to shut down the universities, saying they are not the only ones that have demands.
According to him, it is selfish for the unions to shut down the universities, saying they are not the only ones that have demands.
He said other unions including the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, unlike varsities unions, were considerate.
According to him, ASUP and COEASU are ready to bear with the government.
Berating ASUU, Nwajiuba stated, “The issue is not whether they are right or wrong. What we’ve consistently said is government and the people of Nigeria will continue to look into the matter because if you disrupt academic sessions because of one entitlement, you would eventually get the entitlement, but we would have lost the time our children would have used in learning. You are being mean. There is no point in disrupting everybody’s life because you have not got your money.”
He explained that the government had no money to fund the union’s request at the moment and it came at wrong timing when the country is facing crisis and Nigeria’s economic freedom score yet unstable.