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ASUU Urges NASS To Ban Government Officials From Sending Their Children To School Abroad

ASUU Urges NASS To Ban Government Officials From Sending Their Children To School Abroad


ASUU Urges NASS To Ban Government Officials From Sending Their Children To School Abroad




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has requested that government officials in President Muhammadu Buhari's administration withdraw their children from foreign universities and re-enroll them in Nigeria.
 
It also urged the National Assembly to know law requiring public office holders to send their children to public schools in the country, claiming that doing so would alert officials to the deterioration of public universities.



 
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, delivered this charge in Abuja at the rescheduled meeting with the federal government, while being consoled by the Minister of Labour and Employment.
 
"We hope that the government will make it mandatory that if you accept a government appointment, your children must attend universities in the country,"
Osodeke said before the meeting went into closed session.

"The National Assembly must pass law requiring your children to attend school here if you accept an appointment." If you know your children will be unable to attend, do not accept government appointments.



 
"When those in the government who send their children to schools abroad say that ASUU is on strike, they should know that the strike is not the problem." The issue is that no one is interested in addressing the issues that plague universities.
 
"Look at the budget we've seen recently; it's exactly what we've been seeing." There has been no change. And this country is paying a high price for ignoring education – the banditry, kidnapping, and so on are all the result of people not being cared for.
 
"That is why ASUU has been struggling, so that Nigerian universities will be revamped - so that as our children go outside to learn, other children from other countries will come here as well and pay in hard currency to this country."



 
Earlier in his remarks, Ngige assured that, despite dwindling resources, the Federal Government would not abandon public universities, and he reiterated the government's willingness to collaborate with ASUU and others interested in reforming the educational system.
 
"ASUU is not asking for impossible things." They aren't asking for our heads or our blood.

"They are interested in improving working conditions for their members as well as making the public university system more conducive to teaching and research," the minister explained.
 
As of the time of filing this report, the meeting was still on-going.





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