The Federal Government has continued its exchange of words with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing strike and closure of universities in Nigeria.
The FG accused ASUU of ‘deriving joy in destroying the lives of young men’, a reference to the thousand of students who have been forced to stay home as the strike continues.
Speaking during an interview in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, expressed his frustration at the current situation.
He said, “The reason we want ASUU back in school is that there is a purpose for which we built these Universities. In other places in the world, you can’t shut down the University system and just walk away.
“It is only in Nigeria they do it and that is why, repeatedly over the years, it had become a crack; people just take joy in destroying the lives of these young men, so that they will be on the streets, so that they will do protest.
“This has nothing to do with the government. The monies government is going to pay these lecturers are monies gotten from other incomes; the monies are Nigerian people’s money and we hand it over to lecturers for a job they brought them to do for Nigerians and they don’t want to do it, they just collect their money and walk away.”
The minister advised lecturers not willing to continue teaching to leave the system for those who are interested.