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FG Tells ASUU Members to Consider Farming as an Alternate Profession

by Nwani Chisom
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The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba while speaking in an interview yesterday in Abuja, urged members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to leave the teaching profession and consider going into farming, stressing that more farmers are needed in the country.

Nwajuiba also stated that the Federal Government has put all preventive measures to stop the spread of covid-19 in Universities.

Nwajuiba said;”Some people may not believe what we are doing but we must continue to enforce that. You must continue to abide by the protocol. You must provide them. We don’t really care about how much inconvenience or how convenient you think it is for your child to wear facemask. Obey the rules first. If we find out you’re not following those rules, we will have to deal with somebody.”

Speaking on the prolonged ASUU strike, the minister clarified that the strike wasn’t because of the covid-19 pandemic, but because some of the university lecturers insisted that they weren’t paid salaries since March. He Futher said these lectures should consider farming as an alternative profession, insisting that more farmers are needed in the nation.

He said the federal government has shown commitment to their demands.

“ASUU is within its rights as a union of lecturers. We didn’t start a strike with ASUU on the basis of COVID-19. ASUU was already on strike way before COVID-19. Just before COVID-19 will shut down schools, they gave an indefinite strike. We are not in any contention with them.

“Government is actually not holding anyone to ransom. It says this is how I want to pay and it has to be through IPPIS. You can leave the employment. You can opt out of it and say ‘I no longer want to teach’. You can find other professions. What we need now are probably more farmers.

“You cannot keep forcing your employer and tell him, ‘I will like you to pay me my money through my pillow. Or, I will like you to pay it through this mailbox’. ASUU has a lot of complaints and dissipation around it. That is legitimate but doesn’t mean you should force yourself on the man who has the money.” Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba concluded.

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