The statement was made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday morning.
He said the industrial action which had denied university students in the country access to education for a period running into four months “is disgraceful” and thus will receive his first attention as president if voted into office in the February 16 presidential election.
Atiku 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 N60billion.
“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.”
The former vice president added that education plays a pivotal role in the rise to success of any individual or nation and hints further that if he becomes the next president of Nigeria, his administration will increase the budgetary allocation to education in triple fold from the current seven per cent to not less than 20 per cent.
According to Atiku, “I will also triple the amount the Nigerian Government spends on education from 7 per cent of its budget today, not just to the 15 per cent recommended by UNESCO, but to 20 per cent.