Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for president, promised on Monday to transfer control of federally funded colleges to state governments if he wins the presidency in 2023.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, Atiku made this statement while addressing the 2022 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.
The Eko Atlantic City in Lagos State is hosting the event with the theme “Bold Transitions,” which will last through August 26.
Atiku, while addressing lawyers at the event, said, “The only way is to make sure that you make a conducive environment available to both foreign and local investors to participate in our country, whether it is infrastructure, whether it is education, whether it is power.
“I argued with a university professor from Federal University, Lokoja. He said he read in my policy document that I intended to devolve, in other words, to return education to the states. How dare I do that?
“I said, ‘Mr Professor, do you realise that the first set of our universities belongs to the regional governments?’ He said, ‘Yes’. I said who are the successors of the regional government? He said the states.
“I said the children you send to America, to England, who own those universities? Mostly the private sector. So, why is it that you think we cannot do it here? We don’t have the money.”
Due to the Federal Government’s refusal to accede to their demands, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has gone on strike.
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