Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to end the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), from his first day at work, if elected the next president of the country.
Atiku disclosed this in Lagos on Sunday evening, at the Silverbird Man of the Year event and the statement was made available to pressmen in Abuja on Monday morning.
The Presidential candidate said the ongoing strike which had denied university students in the country access to education for a period running into four months “is disgraceful” and will recieve his first attention as president if voted into office.
“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,” Atiku stated.
The Presidential candidate added by saying that education plays a pivotal role in the rise to success of any individual or nation. He said if he becomes the next president of Nigeria, his administration will triple the budgetary allocation to education from the current seven per cent to nothing less than 20 per cent.
“I recognize the value of 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,” he added.
He noted that the 2019 presidential election presents an opportunity for a turning point in the development of the country, adding that he has the requisite experience to drive Nigeria to prosperity.