by Stanley Azuakola
The minister of state for education, Nyesom Wike, who has been involved a lot in the politics of Rivers state in recent weeks has come under severe criticism from members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). In fact they have called for his head over his involvement in the political crisis in Rivers State.
This position was made known by the Coordinator of ASUU, Ilorin Zone, Dr Adeleke Ayan, who said that Wike’s enmeshment in the politics of Rivers state has made him to neglect his primary assignment as minister, particularly at this time when he should be part of finding solution to the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by the union.
Ayan who is of the Ekiti state university described Wike in the press conference as a “roving minister.”
“The involvement of the minister in Rivers State crisis is an example of reckless abandonment of serious national issue for pecuniary pursuit. The Ilorin zone grossly condemns this roving minister and calls for his immediate removal,” he said.
Ayan also spoke about the ongoing strike. He said the body would not enter into any “unproductive agreement” with the FG because, “The previous MoU of March 2012 was so clear that if the Minister of Education and National Universities Commission Executive Secretary had not sabotaged it through bureaucracy, there won’t have been any need for another strike.”