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Mr President: Think and act

08 October 2013, 08:53 Mikel Udey Udam

Dear Mr President,

I read an article and I have been provoked to send you this open letter. You know that I am one of your numerous supporters with unshaken resolve to vote for you in 2015.

However, i will like you to please look into this wonderful suggestions that I have concerning only two sectors of the country; Education and Employment.

Am not too bothered about the three month old strike of ASUU but i am worried about those that the strike are affecting. Look at your cabinet and special advisers, is they any one of them that has a child or ward in any of these universities where lecturers are on strike? Call your Senate president and the speakers to do a roll call of all the members of the national assembly to determine if there is one member whose child is among those currently sitting at home due to the strike by lecturers?

Shift one step down into the first 30 principal management staff in the ministry of Education and do same. You will be shocked by your findings. The same is applicable to all the states and local governments across the country.

In fact, what will shock you is that over 87% of members of ASUU have their wards in private schools. So whose children are they teaching? So in your 2014 budget proposal, make it a law that before you are paid salary for the month, produce evidence that your wards are in public school.

How can we be talking about a system that our children are not a part of? The elites will be mad with you but the voting masses will be happy with you. Think and act sir.

In the area of employment, direct all ministries, deparment and agencies of government to make January 10 -20 each year the employment period. And make all Para- military, Army, Police, Navy and Airforce recriutment be in one day and on one website with options of any of the job seekers choice.

As I write Mr president, over 79% of those who queue up for Navy are the same that stand in the line for immigration and the same that fill form for UBE teachers recruitment. So doing it simulteneously will actually bring out the best from the labour market and will grossly reduce corruption.

I know my points seems hard but I think you can dare give it a try. I know you wish this country well.

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