Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ASUU strike: Lawmakers say union didn’t consult, urge lecturers to continue negotiation

The Senate on Wednesday faulted the Academic Staff Union of Universities for not consulting the legislature before embarking on its indefinite nationwide strike action on Monday .

It urged the union to suspend the strike and continue negotiations with the Federal
Government .

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND , Senator Jibrin Barau, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Wednesday , also dismissed the call by Nigerians that children of public officials should be restricted to the country ’s public schools to force development of the education sector .

Responding to a question on whether the National Assembly should enact a law to prevent public officials from enrolling their wards in foreign schools , the lawmaker said Nigeria needs to have socio - cultural exchanges with other countries.

According to Barau , such move is not good for Nigeria , noting that there were students from Cameroun and Niger Republic who also studied in Nigeria .

He said, “On making a law to bar people from taking their children outside to study , it is something that we know will not be good for our country.
“We know that it is always good to mingle with people from other parts of the world when it comes to the issue of education .

“You cannot be an island to yourself; that you will remain here in Nigeria and say you would not want to interact ; you would not want to interface with any other part of the world in developing your education system.

“It is not something that has not been done in any part of the world. There is that interaction and that interaction is very necessary ; allowing other people from other parts of the world to learn from here .

“You are aware that students from Cameroun, Niger and other parts of the world come here . We have exchange students who come from even the European nations to this country . You must have that interaction.

“What we should say is this : We should make sure that we develop universities and educational institutions to the level of those that we send our children to.

“That is something that should be done . But saying that students should not go to other countries, that I think is not going to be good for us . ”

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