By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 13, 2020.
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Reacting to claims making the rounds on social media platforms that the federal government had directed schools to re-open, the Federal Ministry of Education has flatly denied given such an order.
The FG’s rebuttal was delivered by Ben Goong, the Director of Press in the Ministry of Education, during a media chat. Mr. Goong said that at no time did the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, release the phantom circular being circulated on the social media asking schools to resume.
Excerpts of the press statement reads: “On the issue of reopening of schools, the ministry has not directed the reopening of any school at any level. The purported press release by the minister to that effect is a clear forgery as it did not emanate from the minister. Parents, students and the general public are advised to please disregard the fake release. There is also another story making the rounds that the Federal Government has blamed the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on vice-chancellors. At no time did any Federal Government official make that kind of statement.
“Any insinuation in that direction is simply emanating from the fertile imagination of the author and that the ministry has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Stakeholders and indeed the general public should disregard such statements. Stay at home, stay safe. Let’s work from home like I’m doing. Only the living can work or worship.”