ASUU Moves to Prevent Government Officials from Sending Children to School Abroad


Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has urged the National Assembly to pass legislation prohibiting government officials from sending their children to study in foreign countries.

Osodeke made the call on Thursday in Abuja during a reconvened meeting with the Federal Government, which was mediated by the Minister of Labour and Employment. 

He believes that government officials should be forced to enroll their children in Nigerian universities. Making it mandatory for public office holders in Nigeria to enroll their children in public schools, he claims, would force them to address the problems in public schools.

"We are hoping that the government will make it mandatory that if you accept any government appointment, your children must attend universities in Nigeria.

"The National Assembly must formulate a law that if you take an appointment, your children must study in the country. If you know that your children cannot be here, then there should be no need to accept government appointments".

He also expressed disappointment with the 2022 budget, claiming that the education sector had been completely ignored.

"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 public universities in the country will be revamped, so that as our children go outside for learning, other children from other countries will also come here for the same purpose too and pay to this country in hard currency," he said.

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