The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has lamented the inability of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal government to permanently resolve the prolonged Academic Staff Union of Universities strike.
The Wazirin Adamawa who spoke at the commemoration of the International Youth Day (IYD) celebration organized by the PDP youth wing, Friday in Abuja said when elected as President, he would resolve the issue.
Atiku who described education as the most important fundamental right of any youth, berated President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration’s inability to invest in education despite all its promises.
He said ” It will never happen under a PDP government or under my administration when I am elected.
The former vice president continued ” Do you know why I say that? I have been investing in education for the past 30 years. In the nursery I started Primary, Secondary, and University we have never gone on strike for even one day.
“This is because it is fundamental to your growth. It doesn’t matter whether you are in politics, whether you’re in business, in whatever sector you are. The fundamental right of every youth or every citizen is to be educated. And therefore it is the responsibility of any responsible government to make sure that right is given to every Nigerian youth in this country.
“I have the public pronouncement of my intention to have a youth inclusive government. This is because it is our responsibility to provide you with the opportunities to acquire the training and also the experience to take over from us, your parents just as the Chairman said.
“My father never wanted me to go to school. Eventually, he was forced to let me go to school. And while in primary two, I decided to be him a visit and he said you will never go back to that school. When school resumed, the clerk of the court came and arrested him and arrested me. They took me to the school and they took him to prison. The following day he was taken before the judge and he was fined 10 shillings.
“He said that he didn’t have any money. And my maternal grandmother, who was a small trader, paid the money, and he went and said, well, I put you to God. I never saw him until he died. And my grandparents brought me up and let me finish primary school to secondary school and then to university.
“So youth of this country. I believe that the PDP provides the best platform for you to actualize your individual, collective and national aspirations. I, therefore, call on the use of Nigeria to join the PDP, to support the PDP, to return the PDP to power so that we can rescue this country and make sure we rescue. We must make sure we rescue the most important segment of our population, that is the youth”.
Atiku urged the youth to focus and appealed to them to pursue their dreams while congratulating the PDP youths in particular on the celebration of the international youth day.
“We should be celebrating together as a government. And then by the time we celebrate as a government, we will line up the youths that would have been appointed into the government. You will see them before you here, he added.
On his part, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu commended the Senator Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee (NWC)
He charged the Youths to be united to rescue Nigeria from the failed APC.
IYD: Atiku laments inability of FG to resolve ASUU strike