The Presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has vowed to end the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) if elected.
Atiku who spoke on Sunday evening at the Silverbird Man of the Year event held in Lagos said he’ll give adequate attention to funding of education and ending industrial unrest within the nation’s education sector.
“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.”
“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 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.
The former Vice President said he is the best man to lead the nation and urged Nigerians to vote for him as he possesses the right experience and capacity to engineer Nigeria’s development.