The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, stating that members of the union are now scared of travelling by road.
ASUU National President, Emmanuel Osodoke, stated this in Bauchi on Thursday during a one-day State of the Nation Summit organised by ASUU, Bauchi Zone.
Osodoke, who lamented that things had got to a state where nobody seemed to be safe, said most of his colleagues were now afraid to travel by road.
He added that any country that abandons education would be creating insecurity, 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 school.
“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 this trajectory,” he said.
The ASUU president revealed that the union was working round-the-clock to sponsor a bill entitled ‘Bring Back Your Children’ where Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), students’ unions and academics would be mobilised to the National Assembly for its passage.
“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 an avenue for themselves in such a way that having 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.
“Their children must be in Nigerian schools whether primary, secondary, university or colleges of education. When the bill is out, we’ll mobilize students’ unions, the academics and the NGOs,” he said.
According to him, when the children of influential personalities are schooling in Nigeria, the education system will be in a better position and more attention will be paid to it.
The ASUU president commended the zonal coordinator of the union for organising what he referred to as one of the best from the zone in a very long time.