For want of Probe, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has written to the University of Jos demanding the recall of the Doctorate degree of the minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.

Some of the demands of the union include the demand for university autonomy, the release of revitalization funds for Nigerian universities, and the deployment of the University Transparency Accountability and Solution payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers among others.

The government and the union have yet to reach an agreement on the issues raised.

The minister said, “ASUU wrote UNIJOS to recall my certificate. I am not sure what it is they are pursuing. I was informed by the university that this was the directive from ASUU: to investigate my certificate. That is how far they have gone.

“When I got the letter from the university, in fact, the university didn’t hide it, they noted that ASUU wrote them.”

The strike has, however, been taking its toll on the students, some of whom have been complaining of its adverse effects on them.

Speaking on the issue, National Vice President, Special Duties of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Idiahi Thomas, faulted Nigeria’s educational sector, saying, “our leaders have bastardised it, and, as it is, Nigerian students are at home and yet, government officials are busy purchasing forms for N100 million, an amount presidents of other countries cannot earn constitutionally throughout their four-year tenure.

“If the Federal Government does not want us to remain here, they know what to do. You are taking a course of four years or five years, but the strike makes you spend six to seven years. Postgraduate students who are supposed to spend 18 months are spending two to three years and some get frustrated and abandon their programme.”

A civil right leader, Kola Edokpayi, said the government does not respect the wishes of the people of Nigeria lamenting that “Our students are at home, yet the Minister of State for Education was able to buy a presidential nomination form of N100m.”

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