The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to end the strike by the Academic Staff Union of University in the country, from his first day at work, if he won the February 16 elections.

The presidential candidate made this disclosure on Sunday at the Silverbird Man of the Year event in Lagos.

Atiku described the industrial action currently undertaken by University lecturere as a disgraceful situation that has denied university students in the country access to education for a period running into four months.

Stating that education plays a pivotal role in the rise to success of any individual or nation, the former vice president stressed that if he becomes the next president of Nigeria, his administration would increase the budgetary allocation to education from the current 7 per cent to not less than 20 per cent.

He stated: “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.”

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