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#ASUU Seeks Bill To Ban Foreign Education For Children Of Public Officials

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enroll in schools outside the shores of Nigeria, headlinenews.news report.

This call was made by Kingdom Tombra, Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island chapter of the union, at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Yenagoa.

Recall, ASUU began its strike on February 14, 2022, before Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Educational Institutions (NASU) National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) joined.

The common issues the unions want the government to address before they could return to work are salaries and other entitlements.

Despite negotiations and interventions by concerned citizens, the FG and the ASUU are yet to settle their differences after nearly 6 months.

Kingdom Tombra speaking during the protest said; “If this is done, it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria.

“This struggle is not against government, but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it.

“If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution, I don’t think the strike will occur again.

“If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

Earlier speaking, John Ndiomu, the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between it and ASUU.

“Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in place IPPIS, Pay Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)

“Release of Revitalization Fund, Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities. Amend NUC law to control proliferation of state universities without funding,” the labour leader said.

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