By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday asked the Federal Government to stop playing politics with education of children of the masses but declare emergency in the Nigeria education sector.
Speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the Chairnan of the University of Ibadan chapter of the Union, Dr Deji Omole, the union also tasked President Muhammad Buhari to ensure that the kind of education Nigerian children are exposed to are of global standard and at par with what his children had in their schooling abroad.
Dr Omole stressed that the call for emergency in Nigeria education sector became imperative for the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to be reminded that the future of the children of the masses must not be used to play politics with the declaration and wondered why in the last week of April, the plan to declare emergency in the sector had not been perfected.
“What has the government done to salvage the condition 12million out of school children in Nigeria? what has the government done to ensure employment for over 16 million unemployed Nigerians? what plan does the government have for graduates who go through the mandatory National Youth Service Corp every year but frustrated by lack of job and hostile environment to even start a small and medium scale business? If the government fails to attend to the needs of the Youth today, they will become nightmares for Nigeria in the future”” he said
The ASUU Chairman maintained that it was unfortunate that a government that fails to improve access to education for teeming millions of youth yearning for education to state that the same youth are sitting down and waiting for freebies.
According to the ASUU Chairman, the Minister had raised the hopes of declaring emergency in the educational sector of the country in April this year apparently to proffer solutions to the low quality of education being offered Nigerian children adding that he wondered the methodology to be used in upgrading quantity to quality education following the paltry seven percent of the National Budget allocated to education by the Buhari administration.
While lashing out at the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for not investing in the future of Nigeria through education but invests in propaganda, Dr Omole said majority of those in government enjoyed free education, health and other social services when they were younger in Nigeria.
He stressed further that despite enjoying the best in their youth days,the kind of Education being given to Nigerian children are below universal standards.