12th August, 2022
By Emmanuel Oloniruha
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has pledged to work with the government and lecturers to end incessant ASUU strikes.
He pledged this on Friday at a PDP-organised youth programme with the theme “Intergenerational Synergy on Government” to commemorate the 2022 International Youth Day.
Describing education as fundamental right of any citizen, Atiku narrated how his father was arrested for never wanting him to go to school.
He bemoaned the government’s inability to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strikes, claiming that such would not happen if he were elected president.
“I want to pledge that I will work with university authorities and government to make sure we end these incessant strikes by ASUU.
“This is because education is fundamental to your growth. It doesn’t matter whether you are in politics, business or any sector. The fundamental right of every youth or every citizen is to be educated.
“Therefore it is the responsibility of any responsible government to make sure that right is given to every Nigerian, every youth in this country,” Abubakar said.
“I believe that the PDP provides the best platform for you to actualise your individual’s collective and national aspirations,” he said.
Furthermore, he encouraged youths who wanted to go into politics, either as part-time or full-time careers, to be patient and courageous in building their ways to the top.