Buhari Youth Organisation, BYO, Lagos Chapter has condemned the contribution of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, lawmaker representing Surulere I Federal Constituency, in the green chamber for raising a point of order against The International studies (regulation) Bill 2017.
The International studies (regulation) Bill 2017 is seeking to restrict children of public officers in Nigeria from schooling abroad.
The bill which was sponsored by Sergius Ogun (PDP, Edo) with the intention of ensuring that Nigerian public officers sit up to attend to Nigerian educational institutions in the face of imminent collapse, especially amidst frequent strikes was opposed by of House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), who raised a point of order saying the bill will infringe on the right of citizens.
A statement signed by Abdulwaaheed Odunuga, Coordinator and Adekunle Aderibigbe Secretary of BYO Lagos Chapter reads ” BYO have been so concerned about the persistent disagreements lingering for a long time between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government as it continues impact the fate and future of the Nigerian students currently enrolled and those who are waiting to be admitted as they eventually get involved in social vices which would have occurred as resultant diversion while they are kept idle waiting for the fighting elephants with little help for the begging grass.
”We also want to use this medium to commend and appreciate the noble courage of Hon. Sergius Ogun, who dared his colleagues and various other politicians to uphold his bold service to humanity for Nigerian students to be given equal opportunity that the children of the government officials offered outside the country. It is painful that the legislative arm stepped down a vital bill at a crucial time when students are praying for truce between FG and ASUU. This act also questions the decisions of Nigerians when choosing those who represent them in the Bicameral legislature where children of the representatives are kept abroad in a better climate while the fates of the those represented are kept in the dark.
”The youths are highly disappointed in the leadership of Green chamber of the National Assembly for suspending this bill as against right infringements of those who are not feeling the pains, agony and setbacks experienced by applicants and students of Nigerian tertiary students all over the country.
”We want to also challenge all government officials to publish educational status of their children as Nigeria cannot continue to foot their bills sponsoring their children abroad while the governed are denied quality education being offered in a conducive atmosphere.
”We also want to appeal to ASUU to take their fights up with the National Assembly to support us in ensuring government officials declare the educational status of their wards and children. If their children are compelled to study in our public schools, government will put everything in place faster to ensure our educational facilities can be compared to those in Singapore, Finland and United Kingdom. The country is said to be losing trillions of naira to Education Tourism and this must stop.