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Nigerian leaders have destroyed education in Nigeria, ASUU cries out

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has lamented that Nigerian leaders have destroyed education in the country and prefer to send their children to institutions in other countries.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this in a speech at a one-day ‘state of the nation summit’ organized by the Bauchi zone of the Union.

The summit which had the theme: ‘Nigeria: The State of the Nation’ was held on Thursday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.

He said: “Today, the leaders of this country and those who control our wealth have completely abandoned education. Today, this country is reaping the work of our abandoning education and what do they do as an alternative?

“They have created avenue for themselves in such a way that have abandoned and killed our education, they look for somewhere else where people invested in education to send their children, their wards and relations.”

Osodeke vowed that ASUU will soon sponsor a bill at the National Assembly called “Bring Back Your Children” which will compel elected public office holders in the country to send their children to public schools.

He stressed that they will mobilize students and Non-Governmental Organizations to march to the National Assembly until the bill is passed into law.

“We, as a union, have one proposition we have put forward and I have asked the committee on ICT to work on it. We are going to storm the National Assembly with a Bill which will be titled: “bring back your children.

“We are going to mobilise the students, the NGOs and all of us will storm the National Assembly and we will ensure that that Bill is passed. When you get our resources, your children must be in Nigeria n schools whether it is primary, secondary or tertiary institutions.

“I’m sure if all the children of all these our so called people are in this country, our education will not be where it is today, they will pay attention to it. But they don’t care and why are they doing it? But they don’t care. Your own child go to a school where there is hardly anything,” he said.

The ASUU President opined that the insecurity being faced across the country is as a result of abandoning education by the leaders noting that “any country that abandon education is creating insecurity and that’s exactly where we are today.”

He said that because this of the deteriorating state of security across the country, many Nigerians are afraid to travel by road.

He said: “Many people are even afraid to visit their children in schools while some are even afraid to send their children to school because we have gotten to a stage where nobody is safe whether you are going by road, by air, by sea or by train.

“You are also aware that recently, bandits almost derailed a train, if not for God, all those people there would have been gone. So if they can derail train, they can derail vehicles, then they can also fire at planes and you know plane is 100 percent. All of us needs to work hard to change this trajectories and how do we do that? The first step to take is education.”

Osodeke said that the situation in some public institutions across the country was very pathetic lamenting that, “we were in a state university in Abuja zone and we saw a room, 12 by 12, with 16 female students who have stoves. In that small room, you have 16 stoves, how would they survive as human beings?

“As I speak to you today, look at your professors here, none of them earns up to $800 monthly but a lecturer will publish a paper and it will cost him $200 to publish it and he needs it for his promotion. How can we have peace?

“This country is heading towards complete annihilation and we must prevent it and that is why we are here. Our problem has nothing to do with ethnicity, religion or where you are. There are just two classes of Nigerians, those being oppressed and just about 10 percent oppressing these 90 percent.”

He said that the summit will discuss and come up with resolutions that will ensure that our country is revamped and taken over from “this set of people who have completely ruined this country and are still in the process of ruining it.”

Bauchi zone of ASUU consists of Bauchi State University, Gadau; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Gombe State University; Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State; University of Jos, Plateau State and Plateau State University, Bokkos.

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