The Academic Staff union of university (ASUU), has asked that government officials in President Muhammadu Buhari's administration should remove their children from foreign universities and send them to Nigerian universities.
It also called on the National Assembly to pass a law that will make it compulsory for every government official to send his children to public schools in the country, saying such a law would let the officials know the decay in the public universities.
Speaking before the meeting went into closed-doors, Prof Emmanuel said, " we hope that the government will make it compulsory 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 your children cannot be here, don't take government appointments.
When you hear those in government offices who send their children abroad say that ASUU is has gone on strike, they should know that the 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 many more, are 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 will come here too and pay to this country in hard currency.
The Minister of Labour, In his remarks assured that the Federal government will not abandon the public universities. He also reiterated the Federal government's commitment to work with ASUU and others interested in revamping the education sector.
According to him, "ASUU is not asking for things that are impossible. They are not asking that we give them our head or blood. They are interested in getting good working conditions for their members and for the public university system to be conducive for teaching and research.
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