- Alhaji Atiku Abubakar says he would end the lingering strike by university lecturers in the country, from his first day at work, if he wins the forthcoming presidential election
- Atiku said he was shocked that Nigerian students are not being educated due to the ASUU strike caused by an unresolved debate of about N60 billion
- The presidential candidate said the 2019 presidential election presents an opportunity for a turning point in the development of the country
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged that if elected as Nigeria’s next president, he would end the lingering strike by university lecturers in the country, from his first day at work.
Atiku made the pledge on Sunday evening at the Silverbird Man of the Year event which took place in Lagos, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the former vice president referred to the ongoing ASUU strike as “disgraceful”; and hence, will receive his first attention as president if voted into office in the February 16 presidential election.
He said: “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 N60 billion.
“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.”
Atiku stressed that education plays a central role in the rise to success of any individual or nation and hinted that if he becomes the next president of Nigeria, his administration will triple the budgetary allocation to education to not less than 20 percent, instead of the current seven percent.
He said: “I will also triple the amount the Nigerian government spends on education from 7 percent of its budget today, not just to the 15 percent recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 percent.
“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 said he has the requisite experience to drive Nigeria to prosperity, pointing out that the 2019 presidential election presents an opportunity for a turning point in the development of the country.
He said that for any individual or nation aiming at greatness, three basic lessons are essential - investment in women, investment in education and investment in opportunities that will create jobs for the people.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the general elections, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Africa once again claimed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.
This was disclosed on the Twitter handle of the organisation on Friday, February 1. However, the organisation said the margin of victory will not be much.
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