The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to find a lasting solution to four-month strike by university lecturers in the country on assumption of office.
Atiku disclosed this Lagos on Sunday evening at the Silverbird Man of the Year award.
He lamented that the industrial action had denied university students access to education for about four months, and as such, would receive his first attention as President if voted into office in the February 16 presidential election.
“I am aghast that as I speak, our students across the nation are not being educated due to ASUU strike caused by an unresolved debate about N60bn,” Atiku was quoted as saying.
“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 added, “I will also triple the amount the Nigerian government spends on education from seven per cent of its budget today, not just to the 15 per cent recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 per cent.
“I recognise the value education can bring to the individuals and the nation. But even more than that, I want every child in Nigeria to have the opportunities I had.”
Atiku restated that the 2019 presidential election would mark a significant change in the country, and that he has the experience Nigeria requires at this time.
Atiku explained that investment in women, education and investment in opportunities that facilitate job creation are essential pillars for Nigeria’s development.