- A report that Atiku Abubakar is planning to make federal universities states' properties has been described as fake
- The rebuttal was given on Monday, August 22, by Atiku's media aide, Paul Ibe, hours after the NBA conference in Lagos
- Ibe said Atiku was only advocating the devolution of powers to federal units in the education sector for growth
Lagos - Atiku Abubakar has debunked the claim that he will be making federal universities properties of states when and if he becomes president in 2023.
Those behind the claim said Atiku made it during the Nigerian Bar (NBA) conference held in Lagos state on Monday, August 22.
However, in a statement on Monday, Atiku's media aide, Paul Ibe, noted that the report is fake and rather misleading, Premium Times reports.
In the statement, Ibe said what his principal was referring to was the need for the devolution of powers to the federal units for effectiveness and proper development in the education sector.
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Drawing attention to Atiku's comparison between Nigeria and the United States in the sector, his media aide said:
“Abubakar argued that the United States of America shared similarities with the first set of universities in Nigeria which belonged to the regional governments."
He restated Atiku's position that his administration will resolve the constant issues between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be better handled.
“He restates his position that under his watch the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) – Federal Government imbroglio will be better managed in the interest of both the students and academic staff."
ASUU strike can’t happen under my watch, Atiku declares
Meanwhile, Atiku had decried the prolonged strike by the ASUU as bad, boasting that such can not happen under his watch.
Speaking at the commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day in Abuja on Friday, Atiku said his father did not want him to go to school, but he was able to embrace education up till the university level.
Atiku said the most important and fundamental right of any youth is education, saying “I take very strong exception to the strike by ASUU and the inability of the government to resolve that crisis. It will never happen under a PDP government or under my administration when I am elected.”