The presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party [PDP] Atiku Abubakar has vowed to end the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union Of University [ASUU] if elected.
Atiku, who disclosed this in Lagos at the Silverbird man of the year event, said he will put an end to the strike on his very first day at the office.
He further described the industrial action which has denied students access to education for four months as a shameful thing.
He 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 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.”
He stated that education plays a very crucial role in the success of an individual or nation, adding that if elected, his administration will increase the budgetary allocation to education in triple fold from the current 7 per cent to not less than 20 per cent.
“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.”