Former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has given a reviling submission about federal universities in Nigeria
Atiku said his administration if elected in the 2023
Presidential polls, will restructure the order of federal universities
He also said his administration will give sole ownership of federal universities to the state government.
The presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar,
has pledged to hand over federal universities to the state government if he becomes president ,
Channels Television reporting .
The former Vice President made this pledge on Monday, August 22 2022 while answering questions as a panelist at the ongoing Nigerian Bar Association Annual General Conference in Lagos.
While ruling out his reformation agenda, he disclosed that his administration if elected will hand over all the federal universities to the state government.
He said: “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.”
“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.
He further recounted his encounter with a university Prof from the Federal University, who studied his policy document that he wanted to implement if he assumes office.
Atiku said the university prof was stunned by his submissions and everything outlined in the document.
While responding to his curiosity, Atiku said he told the don:”Mr. Professor, do you realise that the first set of our universities belong 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.