ASUU Strike: CNG Demands Resignation of Education Minister

By James Danjuma, Katsina

The Students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has demanded immediate resignation of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu over his alleged failure to end the current strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students’ wing of the group warned that should government fail to find immediate solution to the strike, it would collaborate with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in its proposed National Day of Action to ensure total shutdown of the country.

At a press conference in Katsina state on Thursday, the group’s National Coordinator, Jamilu Charanchi reviewed current national strike by ASUU, lamenting that the federal government seemed not to be bothered about the future and negative effects that strikes had been having on students.

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“The Student’s wing, Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) is worried that the four-week warning strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is already in its third week, with no hope for a resolution in sight while our universities remain shut.

“We are concerned at the frequency of the disruption of the Nigerian education system that keeps frustrating the ambitions and aspirations of the youths to acquire knowledge.

“Sadly, this strike is the second industrial action embarked on by ASUU in less than two years, and the 16th since the inception of the fourth republic democracy in 1999.

“While we commend the efforts of the apex student’s body, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in calling attention to the implications of such actions, we condemn with all our might the shameful walk out on NANS by the Minister of Education.

“We see the action of the Minister as a gross show of unconscionable immorality, insensitivity, and impunity abhorrent to the collective sensibilities of the students, parents and indeed the country at large.

“The government, in particular the Minister of Education lacks the political will, capacity and willingness to bring the matter to an end, as such he should resign with immediate effect.

“Failure of the government to resolve the matter within the stipulated time, the CNG Student’s Wing will join hands with NANS in ensuring total shut down of the country.

“We condemn the failure of stakeholders to summon the courage to speak out and stand with us in these trying times.

“When people who are elected into office are indifferent or afraid to stand for what is right and just, then the situation is hopeless.

“It’s unfortunate that people in government today who in their life history benefited from the generosity and welfare of the Nigerian state are now denying the same for the new generation.

“This singular act has not showcased government’s responsiveness towards promoting inclusive education.

“This is disheartening to all well meaning Nigerians and we urge the government to reconsider and rescind its decision.

“In line with the above, we hereby direct all National Excos, State Structures, Campus structures, Faculty Senators and Departmental Ambassadors to commence massive public mobilisation in readiness for an impending National Day,” the group added.

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