Nigerian Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu, has been lambasted by netizens, after walking out on representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), during a sit-down at the minister’s office.
In the light of the ongoing strike; which emanated from the face-off between the government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), students and members of NANS had taken their grievances to the Education Minister’s office, demanding for restoration to academic activities, and a part in the revitalisation of the universities.
Their requests were however met with a cold response from Adamu—who walked out seconds after Comrade Sunday Asefon, the President of NANS had tabled their requests.
Though Minister Adamu—whose son studied and graduated from a University in the United Kingdom—allowed Asefon finish his statement, he however made it clear that a NANS role in the revitalisation of Nigerian universities will be considered.
He then went ahead to storm out of the meeting, leaving NANS reps in a state of agitation and solidarity chants.
During a phone interview with a media outlet, Comrade Asefon expressed his disappointment with Minister Adamu.
“We only asked the minister one or two questions about what the government is doing to resolve the impasse, when he angrily left us and went inside.
“We are surprised at the development because as students, we are the ones bearing the brunt of the strike. We are going to hold a meeting to deliberate on the next step to take and we will get back to you,” he said.
During his address at the meeting, Asefon had congratulated the Minister on his son’s graduation from school, making reference to how the Minister had celebrated the milestone on social media.
Many believe Asefon’s comments had angered Adamu on the day, leading him to abandon the meeting.
The NANS president also stated that a failure to meet the demand of restoring academic activities will lead to a strike worse than that of ‘endSARS’ which occured two years ago.
He also touched on the blockage of some federal roads across the nation.
Recall that ASUU had declared a one-month warning strike last month, after claiming that the federal government failed to meet their demands.