The Academic Staff Union of Universities seek to ban public office holders from sending their children abroad to study. They claimed it to be another best way to restructure the educational sector of the country.
According to a statement signed by the zonal Coordinator, Prof. Olu Olufayo and the FUTA ASUU branch Chairman, Dr. Olayinka Awopetu, the policy came as a result of the ruling class officials who send their children abroard to school and thereby, do not bother to put an end to the ongoing strike.
The statement said that “members of the ruling class and their cohorts have their wards schooling abroad, so they have no commitment to end ASUU strike since political office has become occupational rather than public service.
“Until we domesticate two very important practices as laws in Nigeria, we may not get out of this doldrums -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”.
As a result of this, ASUU ordered the federal goverment to pass the bill to become a law that no rulling-class officials should send their children abroad to study.
Also, they added that none of them must also be permitted to travel abroad for any treatment no matter the condition of their health.
“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.”
Moreover, they called out to the patriotic citizens, who also seek to secure a future for their children, to admonish the government to listen to their voices and do the needful. If they do not do what they are expected to do, the struggle continues.
However, ASUU described the state and conditions of the universities across the country. He added that they have been on this negotiation with FG for the past eight months and the federal government is not ready to provide a solution to end the strike.
“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 organized 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.
“Developed countries (as so labeled) achieved this status through research output from their ivory towers, which is why till date, University education and funding is not toyed with or mocked as we have in our dear country Nigeria.”
They also claimed that what is expected of FG to be done is neglected but instead they have been feeding people with lies in different versions.
“We have read with dismay, watched with exasperation as appointed ministers and technocrats of the federal republic feed the populace with lies.
“The scenario has become comical as three leading government representatives gave three different update versions to the public.”