NANS kicks against award of national honour to Adamu  


The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has kicked against the conferment of National Honour to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
The Minister is among 437 Nigerians listed for national honours by the federal government.
The minister is among those  to be honoured with Commander of the Order of Niger (CON).
However in a statement on Monday, NANS spokesperson, Giwa Temitope, said the award, constitute an insult to Nigerian students.
The students union body accused the minister for the eight-month-long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), noting that the Nigerian education sector has “totally collapsed” under him.
According to Temitope Adamu’s award, ” constitutes an insult to the collective intelligence of Nigerian students both home and in the diaspora that the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu under whose nose University students have been home for close to 8 months is to be awarded the National Honours of Commander of the Order of Niger (CON).
“This singular act of the Buhari’s administration is a clear pointer to the fact that Nigerian students have been taken for a ride. And, we see this as the final straw that breaks the back of the camel of Buhari’s much-touted integrity.”
The statement said, “Over the years, successive administrations in the country have shown to the Nigerian people that the National Honours is more of recognition of patronage than recognition of excellence.
“But, Maj. Gen. Buhari (rtd.) has taken a step further to show to the mass of Nigerian students that we are not on the priority list of the administration.
“It is so unfortunate that a country which offered so much in hope and possibilities at independence has today become a land of suffering,insecurity and near hopelessness signposted by youth unemployment and an underfunded educational sector.
“In a functioning country, both the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige who shamefully walked out of a meeting with the national leadership of ASUU at the instance of the House of Representatives and his Education counterpart would have been fired before now.
“But, the reverse is the case as Adamu Adamu under whose watch the educational sector of the country has totally collapsed is to be recognised with a National Honours for a job well done.”


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