By Gabriel Dike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday said the statement attributed to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, confirmed he is a misfit to handle such sensitive position.
Former ASUU National Treasurer, Prof. Ademola Aremu, said the people ruling the country are misfit and that is why they can’t find solutions to ordinary problems confronting the country.
His words: The people ruling us are misfit. It is a shame that the education minister would admit he failed. I am weeping for this country.”
Prof. Aremu, who a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, said the honorable thing for the minister of education is to resign his appointment immediately.
He added: “What is he waiting for. He should resign and afterward Mr. President should also sack him. He admitted failure as the education minister. He should resign and be sacked too.
“His admittance that ASUU’s prolonged strike is a major part of his failure indicate the union was right in its struggle to better public universities.”
In his reaction, the National President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Anderson Ezeibe, said Adam’s claimed that he failed as minister of education is based on his assessment.
Ezeibe said: “He knows the target he set for himself.The choice is left for him to resign. There can be improvement within the shortest time left of him in the office.
“He still has the chance to redeem the situation before the end of this administration.His admittance of failure is purely based on his self assessment.”
Former chairman, Senior Stuff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Prince Oriwaye Adefolalu, said the education minister admittance of failure is a self condemnation hence, he should be sacked.
“I doubt if the minister knew the gravity of his statement. His failure in doing the needful as a Minister of Education has sent hundreds of innocent souls to their early graves. Sad to write that his offence is more than the offense of coup d’etat.
“Those that are calling on him to resign his appointment as a minister are just unnecessarily lenient to his course, sacking is much appropriate.”