The campaign organization for the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has knocked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, over his comments on the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Equally important, Atiku had stated that he took an exception to the ongoing ASUU strike; even as he condemned the inability of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to resolve the lingering strike.
As a matter of fact, the strike is in its sixth month since February 14, 2022.
But Atiku noted that it would never happen under his administration or a Peoples Democratic Party government. He made this known on Friday at a youth programme to commemorate the International Youth Day 2022.
Specifically, Atiku, in the video posted via his verified Twitter handle, @atiku, on Friday, said; “I take very strong exception to the strike by ASUU and the government’s inability to resolve the crisis. It will never happen under a PDP government or under my administration.
Additionally, Atiku noted that he had been investing in education for the past 30 years from Primary, Secondary and to tertiary education; noting that “we have never gone on strike for even one day.”
“I pledge I will work with university authorities to end these incessant strikes that are causing unacceptable harm to the ability of our children to get an education.
“I believe the PDP provides the best platform for you to actualize your individual, collective aspirations.”
However, reacting in a statement late Saturday, signed by the Spokesperson for Sowore 2023 Presidential Campaign organization; Onyinye-Gandhi Chukwunyere, the organization noted that Atiku’s claim that such ASUU strike would never happen under his administration or a PDP government was a reflection of Atiku’s dishonesty with the Nigerian people.
The group stated that education was grossly underfunded under the PDP government where Atiku was Vice President.
“We wish to remind Mr. Atiku that under the PDP government, with him as Vice President from 1999 to 2007; the nation’s education sector was woefully neglected and grossly under-funded. Indeed, the seeds of the current crisis in the sector were sown by that administration…It was under its watch that the shameful trend of incessant ASUU strikes began.
“Atiku and his PDP oversaw about seven industrial actions by ASUU; including a major strike in 2003 which kept Nigerian students at home for about six months.
“The PDP’s disdain for the education of Nigerians was so pronounced that its budgetary allocations to education consistently remained below nine percent of the national budget, and significantly off the 25% recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation.