ASUU Strike: Minister angrily walks out of meeting with Students
There were indications on Monday that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria may linger longer than expected as
the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, angrily walked out of a meeting with University students on Monday.
The students, in protest over the incessant strikes by the ASUU, had barricaded the entrance to the Ministry of Education office in Abuja on Monday, forcing the minister to schedule an impromptu meeting with their leadership.
The students, under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), asked the minister to close down his office since he could not resolve the crisis between the Federal Government and ASUU, while also lamenting the failure of government to resolve ASUU strike after several years.
A statement issued by their national president, Comrade Sunday Asefon, said: “ASUU strike is killing education more and more. This strike has been affecting our lives since 1999 and Nigerian students want to be part of the discussion between federal government and ASUU to find a lasting solution to the matter.
“We want federal government and ASUU to, as a matter of urgency, call off this strike while negotiation continues. We want to go back to classes, if not this will be more than #EndSARS protest,” the students’ leader stated.
But trouble started when in the course of the meeting, the students leadership questioned the minister for putting the education sector in a mess, while sending his children to study abroad.
Adamu, who was not happy over the statement about his person, said he was disappointed with the students’ comments” and thereafter stepped out of the conference room.