The Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC) has condemned Mr Chukwuemeka Nwauba, the Minister of State for Education, for buying the N100 million presidential nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in spite of not being able to resolve the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The OYC, in a statement signed by its National President, Mr. Oluyi Tayo, described the action of the junior minister as condemnable and reckless.
Tayo expressed worries about the plight of Nigerian students who would have to spend more than the stipulated time for their course of study after the strike grounded the country’s tertiary education sector.
The statement read in part, “ASUU has been on strike since mid-February and we have all watched on hoping they will recall students who have been at home since.
“It is now saddening that instead of us receiving news that the ASUU strike is over, what we have heard is the junior education Minister purchasing a ₦100 million form to contest for the Nigerian Presidency. One wonders what is the priority of the Minister and what legacy he hopes to build on when he has failed Nigerian students over time.”
“The incessant ASUU strikes have grounded the education sector and have further disrupted the hopes and dreams of Nigerian students. A course of four years is now running into six years for students.’’
‘’We have not stopped asking ourselves what Nwajiuba hopes to achieve by purchasing that form when he has failed the country woefully as a minister but now deems fit to run for the highest office obtainable in the land? Is he contesting to put Nigerian students permanently at home?’’ the statement read.