Following the ongoing one-month warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reportedly demanded the apology and immediate resignation of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for “abusing and walking out on Nigerian students who went to his office to plead for his intervention to end the ongoing strike.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Thursday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, titled ‘Attack on Students: PDP demands education minister, Adamu’s resignation’.
The statement, “By arrogantly insulting and refusing to attend to the member of the National Association of Nigerians Students, Adamu Adamu recklessly abdicated his duties and exhibited an unpardonable discourteousness unfitting of a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let alone a minister of education.”
The statement noted, “Our Party insists that Adamu Adamu’s action is an assault and embarrassment to the nation’s education sector. It amounts to spitting in the face of the generality of the Nigerian youths as well as their parents; conduct that is characteristic of the impunity, insensitivity, and arrogant disdain for Nigerians which have permeated the All Progressives Congress administration.”
It remarked, “Such only points to the fact that he is not a fit and proper person to continue to hold public office as minister.”
This is coming after allegations that the minister walked out on the students, who came pleading for the strike to be aborted.
However, the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, countered this, stating, “The Minister did not walk out on the Students. Those who reported that were not at the meeting at all and I challenged them in a statement I issued where I responded as an eye witness.”
He reportedly disclosed, “The meeting was held, I was there. The Minister listened to four speakers selected by the NANS leaders themselves. The last person that spoke was the President of NANS. After listening to them, the Minister said he had noted all their demands including the one where they said they want representation at the negotiations.’
He added, “The Minister said he can grant them observer status. Then he rose to go. I don’t know where this issue of walking out on them came from. If a camera captures the moment of the Minister rising from the seat to go and then people said he walked away, it doesn’t make any sense.”