The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has charged government officials in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to remove their children from universities based abroad aand enroll them in Nigeria.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, made the disclosure in Abuja after they met with the federal government represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
ASUU also urged the National Assembly to enact laws requiring public officials to send their children to public schools in the country, claiming that doing so would alert officials to the deterioration of public colleges.
Osodeke said, “We hope that the government will make it mandatory that if you accept a government appointment, your children must attend universities in the country.
“The National Assembly must formulate a law that if you take an appointment, your children must study here. If you know that your children cannot be here, don’t take government appointments.
“When you hear those in the government who send their children to schools abroad say that ASUU goes on strike, they should know that strike is not the problem. The problem is the issues afflicting the universities; nobody is interested in tackling them.
“Look at the budget we have seen recently, it is exactly the same thing we have been seeing. Nothing has changed. And this country is paying the high price for neglecting education – the banditry you see, the kidnapping and what have you, is because people are not being taken care of.
“That is why ASUU has been struggling, so that Nigerian universities will be revamped, so that as our children go outside for learning, other children from other countries will come here too and pay to this country in hard currency.”