The campaign organisation for the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore has berated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over his comments on the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike.
Naija News recall that on Friday the PDP flag bearer at a youth programme to commemorate International Youth Day 2022, stated that he was not pleased with the ASUU strike while also condemning the All Progressives Congress-led government for their inability to resolve the strike.
Atiku insisted that such a situation would never occur in his administration.
Reacting to Atiku’s declaration via a statement signed by the Spokesperson for Sowore 2023 Presidential Campaign organisation, Onyinye-Gandhi Chukwunyere, the group noted that such a statement claiming that an ASUU strike would never occur in his administration was a “reflection of Atiku’s dishonesty with the Nigerian people.”
The statement reads: “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 underfunded. Indeed, the seeds of the current crisis in the sector were sown by that administration, and 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 per cent of the national budget, and sign off the 25% recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation.”