Lawmaker flays Wike, Okonjo-Iweala over ASUU crisis


Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Anti-corruption, Values and Ethics, James Abiodun Faleke, has berated Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike over his seeming apathy towards the plight of Nigerian students who have been idling at home due to the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
 Faleke, who represents Ikeja Federal Constituency, also chided Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala over her comment that the Federal Government cannot meet the demand of striking university teachers.  He urged the government to fulfill its contractual obligations without delay.
There has been serious concern from Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora over Wike’s actions. Many have asked President Jonathan to call him to order over the negligence of his primary responsibility in the Education Ministry in order to advance his political cause in Rivers State. The lawmaker added that having plunged Rivers State into crisis and creating problems for the people, Wike is unqualified to be the next governor of the state.
“On Wike, I read in the dailies that the Rivers State Chairman of PDP said that he is the next governor of Rivers State.
And so, if a serving minister could come out and say ‘we are not going to allow the governor of Rivers State to rest, have peace and concentrate on his job, can he himself have peace if he eventually becomes the state governor?.
“We are taking about a Minister of State for Education who is not bothered by the prolonged strike by ASUU. We are unable to find a simple solution to the problems leading to the strike? How many universities do we have? They are unable to sit down with the executives of ASUU and agree. I cannot understand why the Minister of Finance will say they cannot fund N95bn.
“How much is that money when if you add three of them together, they would have stolen more than that. It is unfortunate that we have found ourselves in this situation. And I am appealing to Nigerians to just exercising patience, that come 2015, they should just vote them out.
“Is that the person the PDP should be thinking of putting forward as their governorship candidate in Rivers State to come and serve the people? Through his actions and utterances that are inimical to our democracy, is it Amaechi that he thinks he is dealing with or the people of the state? And yet, this is the same person who wants to come and serve as the state governor. It is impossible,” he said.


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