Mr. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to end the nagging strike by university lecturers in the country, from his first day at work, if elected the next president.
Mr. Abubakar made the promise Sunday evening, at the Silverbird Man of the Year event but was disclosed in a statement in Abuja on Monday morning.
The PDP presidential candidate stated tha the industrial action which keeps students out of school is a national disgrace, pledging that education will receive his first attention as president if he wins the elction.
He noted that education plays a pivotal role in the rise to success of any individual, saying his administration will triple the budgetary allocation to education from the current seven per cent to not less than 20 per cent.
Three basic lessons are essential for any individual or nation aiming at greatness which include, investment in women, investment in education and investment in opportunities that will create jobs for the people, he explained.
Abubakar 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 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.
“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.”
According to him, the 2019 presidential election presents an opportunity for a turning point in the development of the country.
He boasted that he has what it takes to drive Nigeria to prosperity.