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Farooq Kperogi: As Nigerian students suffer, Vice Chancellors’ wives, politicians smile

by Good News

While it is advisable have to measure the depth and breadth of any society’s depravity, honest decay, and hopelessness, stare no further than the plan in which it treats its early life, especially its young of us that are now not scions of the gilded, roistering elite class of the society.

There’s no evaluate that Nigeria detests, despises, and mistreats the wide majority of its early life who’ve the pain of being born by wretched of us. There just isn’t very the kind of thing as a higher, starker, extra evident evidence of this than the frigid indifference that the Nigerian executive has shown in the face of the most up-to-date strike by the Tutorial Personnel Union of Universities (ASUU).

Whereas a full bunch of hundreds of Nigeria’s children are vegetating helplessly at home on story of the fully avoidable and simply resolvable ASUU strike, of us that would possibly possibly possibly possibly clean gather to the bottom of the components that propelled the strike are both partying or politicking. 

It got here to light midweek that the Committee of vice chancellors of Nigerian Universities, whose establishments are shut on story of ASUU strike, are organizing a five-day convention for his or her wives— and “Girls in Teachers and Elevated Schooling Leadership”— in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 18. 

“We imprint the very necessary characteristic spouses play in supporting vice chancellors as they have their day- to day [sic] administration of universities,” wrote the committee’s Secretary-Fashioned by the identify of Yakubu Ochefu, who is ironically a professor of enterprise historical past. “It is due to the this reality crucial, that [sic] skill building workout routines be effect in build for the Girls in Teachers and spouses of vice chancellors in Nigerian Universities.”

The wives of the VCs will pay N1.5 million every as funds for the privilege to back the Istanbul jamboree whereas universities they “increase” their husbands to “administer” are shut down. The irony is misplaced on these thieving, frivolous, know-nothing psychological thugs.

Not finished with the deliberate Istanbul shindig for his or her wives, the vice chancellors also effect together one other pointlessly two-day celebratory bash for the identical wives at the College of Lagos’ Tayo Aderinokun Memorial Hall. It became as soon as scheduled to birth on Might possibly well possibly 9 nonetheless has now been “postponed” on story of the backlash it has generated.

 So, vice chancellors of Nigerian universities—who aren’t ASUU members— are feting their wives whereas students writhe in agony and lecturers squirm in harm on story of a executive-instigated strike that has triggered universities to be shut for terminate to a pair months now.

Because Nigerian universities are now not the ivory towers that at likelihood of exist in privileged isolation from the realities of quotidian lifestyles, they now self-consciously mimic the dysfunctions of the political class. That’s why vice chancellors are now indistinguishable from larcenous, airheaded politicians. 

Whereas vice chancellors and their wives are having, or notion to have, a ball in the face of what is shaping as much as be one of many longest-drawn-out ASUU strikes, executive appointees whose remit it is to adjudicate the components that started— and preserve— the strike are misplaced in foolish politicking. 

Schooling minister Malam Adamu Adamu, whose fan I at likelihood of be, has given up even the littlest pretense to the most traditional scintilla of competence and decency. He now not cares that ASUU is on strike even when he at likelihood of be one of ASUU’s loudest cheerleaders when he wasn’t in executive.

Why would possibly possibly possibly possibly clean he care? Since he changed into a minister, his young of us now not back public universities. His daughters now back non-public universities in Nigeria whereas his son attends a college in Iran. This is a person whose legendary asceticism, piety, and like for justice and fairness at likelihood of bowl over someone who knew him. Michelle Obama is correct that energy unearths who we truly are.

The Minister of Sigh for Schooling, Emeka Nwajiuba, who nobody hears of on a good day, is gambling his lifestyles away with a preposterously unrealistic, long-shot presidential affirm. He doesn’t care if ASUU is on strike till the quit of time because, after all, like Malam Adamu, he has no baby in a public university in Nigeria.

Dr. Chris Ngige, the cantankerous, militantly ignorant, loudmouthed Minister of Labor and Employment, who would possibly possibly possibly possibly clean also be smitten by bringing an quit to the ASUU strike now not most attention-grabbing talks unbearably unrelieved nonsense on TV about the strike nonetheless will be, like Nwajiuba, on a wild goose lope for the presidency. He doesn’t care a cling if ASUU is on strike in perpetuity. 

In sum, each person in the Buhari regime who has a upright or honest responsibility to assemble ASUU to call off its strike is taking part in ducks and drakes with the destinies of a full bunch of hundreds of students whose of us aren’t rich ample to send them to some distance off places universities or non-public universities in Nigeria. Sadly, the relaxation of the country appears to be like to be carrying on as if nothing is amiss.

The collective insouciance and shortsightedness of Nigeria’s elites about the means forward for our early life would imprint us the following generation, which every demographer in the sector says belongs to Africa. 

In preserving with an April 13, 2022, US Census Bureau document, “Africa’s population is exceptionally young when compared to other world areas which were increasing outdated at a hasty price: most attention-grabbing 5.6% of Africa’s population became as soon as age 60 or older in 2020 when compared to 23.4% in North The usa and double-digit percentages in every other world pronounce.

“Even by 2050, Africa’s older population is projected to dwell in single digits, lower than 1 in 10 (9.3%). That can clean be lower than the most up-to-date rates for other areas.”

Since the long bustle belongs to the early life, and Africa (which Nigeria is the most populous country of) has the sector’s most youthful population, it’s uncomplicated to stare that if we notion correct, if we put money into our early life at present time, we’d have an opportunity to dominate the sector. 

The reverse will be correct: If we fail to notion now, we’d be planning to fail in the long bustle. There would possibly possibly possibly possibly be an incalculable disaster in the offing because an uneducated or under-trained early life bulge is continuously a catalyst for perpetual internal strife. 

The political leaders don’t care because, being the self- narcissists that they are, they’re most attention-grabbing the here and now. They don’t even care that their young of us (on whom they fritter away our patrimony to educate out of the country or in non-public domestic universities) would possibly possibly possibly possibly be consumed by the selections they’re making and now not making at present time.

To illustrate that every the APC and PDP are a linked in phrases of their angle in the direction of investment in the educational of our early life, I’ll leave the reader with excerpts from an August 21, 2013, news chronicle when ASUU went on strike over the identical components it’s on strike for.

In a On each day foundation Post chronicle titled “ASUU strike: ‘Cease punishing students, honour your settlement’ – APC tells FG,” Lai Mohammed, APC’s spokesman at the time stated, “Agreements are supposed to be honoured, and breaching them comes with some consequences.”

“The 87 billion naira that ASUU is demanding represents earned allowances hence can not be renegotiated,” Lai Mohammed stated. “Finally, this amount pales into insignificance when positioned aspect by aspect with the 1 trillion naira that has been spent on federal legislators prior to now 8 years; or the frivolity concerned with a executive minister travelling to China to barter a $1 billion loan in a chartered jet (with its attendant prices) and with a retinue of staffers who earned generous estacode in exhausting forex.”

There’s extra: “It is an indication of the extra or less precedence that this Federal Authorities attaches to training that whereas it has refused to meet its hang aspect of an settlement it reached with ASUU since 2009, it would possibly possibly possibly most likely possibly pay out 3 trillion naira in non-existent gas subsidies to elephantine cats, exhaust 10 billion naira every one year to preserve the jets in the presidential immediate and accomplish slight or nothing to dwell the stealing of 400,000 barrels of indecent oil per day, which interprets to $120 million in a month, cash that surely ends in some of us’s pockets!

“What we are asserting is that if the Federal Authorities would lower its profligacy and cut extinguish, there’ll most likely be ample cash to pay lecturers in public universities, apart from to fund analysis and upgrade infrastructure in such establishments. 

“Hungry lecturers can neither educate successfully nor attain analysis. And poorly-taught students can neither excel nor propel their nation to necessary heights.

APC’s Lai Mohammed also took speak with the “non-chalance of those who wants to be working spherical the clock to assemble to the bottom of the disaster, especially the Minister of Sigh for Schooling Nyeson Wike, who has ample time on his hands to be launching vigilance teams and dancing ‘palongo’ around metropolis when the nation’s public universities are shut and students are languishing. This is incorrect and fully unacceptable.”

And then this: “We’re now not surprised, because most executive officials have despatched their young of us and wards to some distance off places universities, hence attain now not give a rattling if the young of us of others are in faculty or now not.”

Ha! The extra issues alternate, the extra they proceed to be the identical in Nigeria!

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