By Dare Lawal
On Monday, the minister of education, Nyesom Wike, met with state commissioners of education in Abuja. It was a meeting put together to look at the ways the Federal Government can collaborate with state governments to develop the education sector.
The event led once again to a public show of the animosity between the minister and the Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
The Rivers commissioner of education, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi was absent but had sent Mr. Okana Worgu, her Personal Assistant to represent her.
As the meeting began with the introduction of the commissioners and their representatives, the aide to Rivers State Commissioner for Education also stood up to introduce himself.
Worgu’s introduction was met with disapproval by the minister who wondered why an assistant would be sent to represent the commissioner. He ordered Worgu to leave the hall.
Wike told Worgu that the meeting was a decision- making one meant for only commissioners and not aides.
“What an insult! Not a director or a permanent secretary, but an assistant. Must we play politics with everything? How can a personal assistant represent a whole commissioner of a state in a forum for commissioners? This should not be allowed to continue,” he said.