University lecturers commenced on an indefinite strike in November 2018 to protest the government’s failure to implement an agreement previously reached between both parties. Several meetings held between officials on both sides have failed to yield positive results.
While speaking at the Silverbird Man of the Year event on Sunday, February 3, 2019, Atiku, a former vice president, said he would put an immediate end to the crisis if elected president.
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.”
While expressing his recognition of the value of education towards developing a nation, Atiku also promised to triple the budgetary allocation of education if elected.
“I will also triple the amount the Nigerian Government spends on education from 7% of its budget today, not just to the 15% recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 per cent,” he said.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has allocated around 7% of its budgets since 2016 to education, and has failed to put an end to incessant ASUU strikes that has been a trademark of the education sector for the past two decades.