Children of Politicians Should Be Banned From Studying Abroad, Strike Will End – ASUU

A solution to end the strike in the country has been offered by the Union of Academic Personnel of Universities, ASUU.

ASUU has called for a law to restrict public office holders from sending their children to foreign countries to study.

ASUU’s Akure zonal coordinator, Professor Olufayo Olu-Olu, said such a ban would end the persistent strike in Nigeria’s education sector.

Olu-Olu explained that if such a law is enacted, it would help rebuild Nigeria’s education sector.

A statement by Olu-Olu reads in part: “Members of the ruling class and their cohorts have their pupils schooled abroad, so they do not commit to ending the ASUU strike as political office has become in an occupational service rather than a public service.

“Until we domesticate two very important practices as laws in Nigeria, we may not get out of this deadlock: first, an act to compel all public office holders and government appointees to educate their wards in the Nigerian public schools from primary to tertiary level.

“When this law is enacted, we may gradually see an end to unnecessary ASUU strikes in the country.”

ASUU has been on strike for about eight months, after the federal government failed to comply with its demands.

Despite a meeting with government representatives last week, ASUU had promised to continue the strike until all demands are met.

However, it is speculated that the ASUU zonal branches would meet on Friday to decide whether to suspend or continue the strike.