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Peter Obi to FG: It Is Misuse Of Public Funds To Sponsor Civil Servants For Study Abroad


According to Peter Obi, a presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), paying for the education of government employees at overseas universities is a waste of tax dollars.

Obi said in a series of tweets on Thursday that the government’s sponsorship of public workers to study abroad while the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on strike is a “misuse” of taxpayer funds.

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Officials from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) recently participated in the Judge Business School’s (JBS) advanced leadership program at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Obi, if government workers to be given financial support for their education, the training must take place in Nigeria.

“Our public universities have been closed for almost five months and counting since February 14th. While our government spends millions of dollars in foreign currency purportedly training candidates for public office in Ivy League universities throughout the world, our kids and future leaders are idling away at home or in other unattractive locations, he said.

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Such misdirected priorities and government abuse of taxpayer money are no longer acceptable, especially when our children’s future is being overlooked.

“By ignoring these policies, we unintentionally breed some social misfits who would later engage in vendettas and exact retribution on our society.

“In terms of adaptive leadership, such trainings financed with public funding should end right away, until all of our schools begin operating at peak efficiency.

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Meanwhile, if necessary, such trainings must be restricted to taking place solely in Nigeria.


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