Minister of education Adamu Adamu on Monday walked out on officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) during a meeting at the ministry’s conference room in Abuja.
Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, and executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, attended the meeting with the minister.
Adamu’s action came after the students accused government officials of destroying the education sector while their children study abroad.
Adamu had been persuaded to hold the meeting with NANS officials after they barricaded the entrance to the ministry.
The students were protesting the one-month warning strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has crippled scores of universities.
Following the comments by the students, Adamu excused himself from the meeting, saying he was “disappointed”.
National president of NANS Sunday Asefon, who led the students to the meeting, called on ASUU to call off the strike as talks continue.
“ASUU strike is killing education. This strike has been affecting our lives since 1999 and Nigerian students want to be part of the discussion between the Federal Government and ASUU to find a lasting solution to the matter,” he said.