ASUU To Sponsor ‘Bring Back Your Children Bill’


From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau

The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Mr. Victor Osodoke has revealed that the union was working round the clock to sponsor a Bill titled ‘Bring Back Your Children’ at the National Assembly.

Osodoke, who revealed this in Bauchi on Thursday, during a One-Day State of the Nation Summit organized by ASUU, Bauchi zone, said that the bill, when passed, would force all the leaders in the country to bring back their children studying abroad to Nigerian schools.

He explained that the reason behind the bill was that when the children of influential personalities in the country are schooling in Nigeria, the education system would be in a better position and more attention would be given to it. 

He said Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), students’ unions and academics would be mobilised to the National Assembly for the passage of the bill.

“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 haven abandoned and killed our education, they look for somewhere else where people invested in education to send their children, their wards and relations.

“We are having one proposition we have put forward. We are going to storm the National Assembly with a Bill.

“That Bill will be titled Bring back your children and 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.

“Their children must be in Nigerian schools whether primary, Secondary, university or colleges of education. When the bill is out, we’ll mobilize the students’ unions, the academics and the NGOs,” he said.

The ASUU president also lamented the level of insecurity in Nigeria, calling on all and sundry to work together in order to solve the problems.

Osodoke, who further lamented that things had gotten to a state where nobody seemed to be safe, said most of his colleagues were now afraid to travel by the roads.

He added that any country that abandoned education would be creating insecurity for itself as education is considered the bedrock of development of any society.

“Any country that abandons education is creating insecurity and that’s exactly where we are today.

“Many of our colleagues are now afraid to travel by road. Many people are even afraid to visit their children at schools while some are afraid to send their children to schools.

“We have gotten to a stage where nobody is safe whether you are going by the road, by air, by sea or by train. You are all aware that recently, the bandits almost derailed a train.

“All of us need to work hard to change these trajectories,” he stated.

The president further commended the zonal coordinator of the union for organizing what he referred as one of the best from the zone in a very long time.

ASUU Bauchi zone consists of six universities of Plateau State University, Bokkos, University of Jos, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

Others included; Bauchi state University, Gadau, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe state and Gombe state University.

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