Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has promised to end the ongoing ASUU strike immediately he gets into office.
The former vice president also pledged to name his cabinet members with his day in office if elected the President of Nigeria.
Atiku said the lingering industrial action by university lecturers has denied Nigerian students the opportunity to learn for about four months which the strike has lasted.
The presidential hopeful made this statement during at the Silverbird Man of the Year event held in Lagos last Sunday.
“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.”
Mr Abubakar used the opportunity to announce his plans to triple Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education from the current 7 percent to nothing less than 20 percent. He reiterated that education was vital to the development of the nation.
“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 recognise 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,” he said.
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