Labor Party presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obi declared on Thursday that he would end the strike at Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions, a situation which he said had brought university education to a standstill in the country.
Obi was speaking at the University of Nigeria’s Nsukka Business Interactive Session entitled: “State of the Nigerian Economy: The Way Forward” held at the Central Bank of Nigeria Auditorium, UNN Enugu Campus.
The former Anambra state governor vowed that once he becomes president, the strike by the Universities Academic Staff Union would be a thing of the past, because “we won’t have a day of ASUU strike”.
Lamenting the frequent strikes witnessed at Nigerian universities, Obi said that in his UNN days as a student, they never witnessed strikes.
He pointed out that there was nothing important in the financing of the universities.
“There is nothing great in the financing of universities. Financing a university is everyone’s collaboration. Education is not an expense but an investment. We will make sure that nothing stops education,” he said.
To further college education, Obi said students could receive study loans and repay the loans after graduation.
“We will give students loans that they will pay back when they get a job,” said the former governor.
He said there is nowhere in the world where university professors are being played, adding that they must be motivated to work to improve their industry.
On security, Obi said that for there to be effective security, a security team must be established in each community.
However, he said that insecurity was not unique to Nigeria because some world nations such as Mexico and Brazil were once imbued with situations similar to what is being witnessed in Nigeria today.
He pointed out that good governance, provision of jobs for youth and industrialization will control insecurity in Nigeria.
On the best way to get Nigeria out of the current economic quagmire, Industry and Agriculture banks should not be run by governments but by individuals and corporate organizations.
For his part, the Director of the UNN Business School, Prof. Josephat Onwumere, said they organized the interactive session so that the presidential candidates could tell Nigerians how they would turn around the economy.
Onwumere said it was important for Nigeria to produce competent men who can move Nigeria forward, adding that the Business School would invite other presidential candidates to show their manifesto to the world.