The National Youth Council of Nigeria and her partners have condemned in strong terms attempts by some people to malign the image of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in other to derail the spate of progress being recorded in the educational sector.
According to a communique issued by the President, National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN)Solomon Adodo and made available to journalists in Abuja, said the recent libelous publication by 247ureports.com and misleading headlines by Sahara Reporters alongside some yellow journalism platforms targeted at roping a scandal around the neck of Mallam Adamu Adamu is one which all true patriots and stakeholders in the education sector must condemn totally.
He said, “The attack is not only geared at crippling the recovery the education sector is recording after the devastating Covid-19 lockdown but also a subtle smear strategy against the government”.
“Available records show that neither did the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission nor any other anti graft Agency invite the Minister”.
Adodo said, on the issue of financial efficiency, prudence, and fiscal transparency the Ministry of Education has performed excellently with no room for criminal elements contrary to what those scandal-mongering publications would have us believe.
He said the investigation carried out by them showed the following developments under Mallam Adamu Adamu which strongly affirm his knack for transparency and fiscal accountability as between 2016 and 2020, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) remitted over ten billion Naira to the Federal Government while The National Examination Council, NECO, also remitted monies running into several billions of naira.
In the same vein, he said TETFund has been reinvigorated to expand the project execution capacity in public tertiary Institutions thereby addressing some key demands by ASUU amongst others.
“Despite these glaring achievements, 247ureporters and their co-travelers chose to deliberately concoct a web of corruption and foist same on the Minister of Education even without any proof linking the said Minister to any of those baseless accusations”.
Adodo therefore, advised that anyone with proof of corruption against the Minister has the liberty to approach the antigraft Agencies or the Law Courts for justice to be served.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria and her Civil Society partners herein Pass a strong Vote of Confidence for incorruptibility on the Minister and therefore call on 247ureporters, Sahara Reporters and their allies to immediately retract the misleading story in the interest of preserving the dignity of the Nigerian education sector”.
He commended the FG for the recent approval of licenses for 20 private universities, the Increment of salary for teachers alongside the extension of retirement age, the establishment of the Secondary Education Commission, the recent establishment of new Colleges of Education and Polytechnic one in each Geo-political zone, additional Unity schools recently built across the nation and a significant reduction in the number of out of school children amongst several other projects which have been achieved by the present administration. “We call on the Minister to remain focused and unfazed in the patriotic duty of transforming the education sector and not to give thought to the already failed attacks being marshaled by these hoodlums and fifth columnists to distract from his good intention”.