“Let Children of Public Office Holders School in Nigerian Public Universities”- ASUU
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Akure branch, has said the only way to end incessant strikes in the education sector is to promulgate a law banning the public office holders from sending their children abroad to study.
The zonal coordinator of the union, Prof. Olufayo Olu-Olu, in a statement, said such a law would help to rebuild the nation’s education sector.
“Members of the ruling class and their cohorts have their wards schooling abroad, so they have no commitment to end ASUU strike since the political office has become occupational rather than public service. First, an act to compel all public office holders and government appointees to have their wards educated in Nigeria public schools from primary to tertiary level.
“Secondly, an act to compel all political office holders, appointees and their dependents prohibiting them from seeking medical intervention outside Nigeria. When these two laws are enacted, perhaps we will gradually see the end of needless ASUU strikes in the country. Until such a time when the government does the needful (our ivory towers properly funded, our withheld emoluments paid amongst other issues), the struggle continues,” the statement partly read.
It added that “Patriotic and hardworking Nigerian who desires a future for his/her children as well as building and developing this nation, it becomes imperative that you all call out the government to attend to issues apolitically and objectively to get the system running efficiently and effectively.”
“Lecture rooms are overcrowded and dilapidated, students hostels deplorable, departments are starved of operational requirements, physical structures are insufficient and no vote for capital projects. Of a fact, the trajectory of the public universities is negatively skewed and for those who understand, this is ominous
“For the past three decades, the University system has suffered (and still suffering) brain drain arising from poor infrastructural, capital and human resource development.
“We have lost a lot of good brains to more organised and purposeful countries over pittance paid to the academia in Nigeria as well as poor funding of research and patronage of research in our universities that serve as solution centres globally”, ASUU said.