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By Oyeniran Apata / Lagos
A rights group, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has described the appointment of Nyesom Wike as an event that has nothing with the need to urgently resolve the problems facing the battered education sector in the country.
Speaking to Daily Independent in an interview in Lagos, a leader of the group, Hassan Soweto decried government’s make believe action that led to the sack of Professor Ruqquayyatu Rufai, noting that both failed in their respective duties as managers of the poor state of education in the country.
He said, “The government will like us to believe that the sack will attract attention because of their non performance but in the real sense of the situation, if the minister is sacked and minister of state for education Mr. Nyesom Wike is appointed in acting capacity, you will see that the change is not about non-performance of the minster both the of them should be jointly accused of the mismanagement of the relation of government and ASUU. If government is serious in fulfilling the objective cleaning up the sector, both ministers should be asked to leave.”
Describing Wike’s appointment as 2015-driven by the Presidency, he said where the former failed his successor appointed in acting capacity cannot succeed.
Observing that the minister of state was more interested in political struggles with the governor of Rivers State, he pointed out that he also failed the same way as Rufai in the mismanagement of the education sector of the country.
Speaking further he said, “The change is not about the need to urgently reposition the ministry, it is about the President’s ambition. The minister of state is an individual who will not succeed where Rufai failed because over the past few months, the minister of state for education virtually abandoned his duty to slug it out with the River State government. If such a person is now appointed to take over from the minister, I don’t think such a person is a reason for us to be happy.”
He condemned allege threat by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to seal private universities in the country as a fruitless strategy to make students of the institutions feel the pains of the ongoing over two-month old strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).