A group, Movement for Advancement of Democracy, has protested the inclusion of the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, as a recipient of the National Merit Award.
Leader of the group, Martins Okachi, called on the National Committee for National Honours and Awards to delete the minister’s name.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government last week Thursday, released a list of 307 Nigerians and friends of Nigeria for the 2013/2014 National Honours Award following the approval of President Goodluck Jonathan.
But Mr. Okachi maintained that the Federal Government cannot give an award to someone who has not recorded success since he was appointed as minister.
“Few days after his name was selected for the award, Unity schools were shut over unpaid benefits and allowances.
“Nobody will deceive us, Nigerians knows who is performing; we hereby call on the award committee to remove the minister’s name because he does not deserve it”, the group stated.