The current presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) known as Atiku Abubakar, has pledged to end the lingering strike by university lecturers in Nigeria, right from his first day at work, if he is elected the next president of the country.
Atiku Abubakar made this disclosure in Lagos, yesterday, February 3rd, at the Silverbird Man of the Year event.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate for PDP, stated that the industrial action which had denied university students all over the country access to education for a period running into four months is disgraceful and thus will gain his initial attention as president if voted into office in the presidential election slated for February 16.
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Atiku Abubakar said in a statement:
“I am aghast that as I speak, our students across the nation are not being educated due to the ASUU strike caused by an unresolved debate of about N60billion.
“If I get the job I am seeking, my first task on day one – along with naming my cabinet – will be to end this disgraceful strike and get our students back to their studies.”
The Presidential candidate for PDP stressed that education plays a pivotal role in the rise to success of any individual or nation in general.
According to Atiku, he also stated that:
“I will also triple the amount the Nigerian Government spends on education from 7 per cent of its budget today, not just to the 15 per cent recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 per cent.
“I recognize the value education can bring to the individual and the nation. But even more than that, I want every child in Nigeria to have the opportunities I had.”
Atiku Abubakar also stressed that the 2019 presidential election presents an opportunity for a turning point in the development of the country, adding that he has the drive to push Nigeria forward.