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EMULATE GOV. FINTIRI’S EDUCATION POLICY – ATIKU TELLS FG

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Former Nigerian Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has challenged the Federal Government to emulate Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri policy of allocating at least 10% of the total budget appropriations to the education sector.

The former Vice President gave the challenge while presenting a paper titled “A pathway to exit the dubious record of being a word headquarters for extreme poverty”at the 14th American University of Nigeria ceremony held at the Aliyu Mustapha Commencement Hall American University of Nigeria Main Campus in Yola.

He said “We cannot grow Nigeria if we do not invest in education, reason why we have insecurity is because we have poverty, and the reason why we have poverty is because we have illiteracy. It is a cycle that we can only break by educating our people”

He further described education as the ultimate key to greatness “Education is the principal thing. When we get this right, we will get Nigeria right. The easiest way, to make the most significant impact, in the shortest amount of time, is via education”.

“As proof, I cite the fact that 2014 represented the year Nigeria invested the most in education with a ₦493 billion allocation (then the equivalent of $3.3 billion) to education, representing 9.94% of the total budget” he mentioned

“The very next year, the trio of the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and CNN Money rated Nigeria as the third fastest-growing economy in the world. Again, I ask, was that a coincidence?” he queried.

“If you think that it is, then how do you explain the fact that Nigeria slid into a recession the same year that our education budget began to drop from their pre-2015 levels? The total percentage of the budget allocated to education in 2014 was 9.94%, which dropped to 6.10% in 2016. It is as clear as night and day” he stated.

In ending poverty, he mentioned that “if we can find a way to ensure that all Nigerian children leave school with at least basic reading and writing abilities, we would have found a way to end extreme poverty in Nigeria, which is why we must devote the bulk of our resources to education”.

Furthermore, the former Vice President explained that with support from the government by way of tax incentives and part funding, Nigeria can ease her educational challenges by adopting the German Dual VET model. “And it is a win-win for both government and the Organized Private Sector in that the educational boost will lead to an increase in highly skilled workers for the real sector, which will boost the economy and reduce unemployment”.

“I want to see an MTN Academy for Telecommunications Studies, an Access Bank School of Business and Banking Studies, a Dangote Institute for Agriculture and Engineering and an Innoson School of Automotive Studies” he challenged.

He added that vocational education is so big in Germany and Japan that a lot of the German and Japanese labour force are vocationally educated by the private sector.

He finally challenged students to reach for the stars and change the face of Nigeria and the world for the betterment of mankind.

Earlier in her remarks, the President American University of Nigeria Dr Dawn Dekle applauded the former Vice President for his foresight in establishing the university with a conducive learning environment for students.

She said the former Vice President has changed the face of education not only in Nigeria not Africa but the world in general.

Also in his remarks, the president of the Student Union Government (SUG) of the university Mr. Taslim Oladoja appreciated the effort of the former Vice President in contributing his quota in the upliftment and development of education in the country.

He said that AUN has given them the opportunity to learn and develop their skills while impacting them with knowledge.

Mr. Oladoja mentioned that AUN students can compete with any student from around the globe, all thanks to Atiku Abubakar. 

There were presentation of awards to staffs, students and lecturers alike who distinguished themselves in their area of specialty.

Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion include Adamawa State Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Speaker Adamawa State House of Assembly Aminu Iya Abbas, Lamido Adamawa Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa ably represented by Kaura Adamawa, Sen. Binos Yaroe, Commissioners and other top government functionaries.

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ATIKU, FINTIRI, OTHERS ATTEND 7 DAYS PRAYER OF LATE NJIDDA PARIYA

Daniel Tabiyatiya

Former Nigerian Vice President Alh. Atiku Abubakar in company of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, top government functionaries, friends and family attended the 7 days prayer in honor of Late Alh. Njidda Pariya, a long time ally and Personal Assistant to the former Vice President.

The house of the deceased which was venue for the 7 days prayer was filled to capacity as prominent Islamic scholars prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the prayers, Former Vice President Alh. Atiku Abubakar who is yet to come to term with the demise of his long time ally and personal assistant Alh. Njidda Pariya who died in  Dubai last week, described the deceased as a loyal, humble, trustworthy and a peace loving man.

He disclosed that the deceased is more like a brother to him, having worked with him for more than 30 years.

The Former Vice President said the death of Late Alh. Pariya Njidda is a monumental loss not only to him or his immediate family but Adamawa State and the country at large.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Hon. Gideon Goroki, Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly and Commissioners were also in attendance.

Governor Umaru Fintiri who prayed to Allah to grant the deceased Aljanatu Firdausi consoled Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the family, also prayed to Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost.

The entourage also took time to console members of the deceased family.

Late Alh. Njidda Pariya who died at a hospital in Dubai after a brief illness was an aide to Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

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ATIKU PENS DOWN HEARTWARMING MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS

Former Vice President and the Presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election took to social media to pen down a heartwarming message to Nigerians who supported him at the polls.

Dearly beloved citizens of Nigeria,

I write to personally thank you for your support for our shared common goal and the solidarity I enjoyed from all walks of life and every strata of society, right from July 21, 2018, when I informed you, the good people of Nigeria, that I would contest the 2019 Presidential election, to Wednesday, September 11, 2019, when the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal rendered its verdict.

Nothing good comes easy, and hard as the task to rid Nigeria from the forces of fascism, and be an instrument for the full restoration of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria is, your support makes the struggle worthwhile.

I owe so much to this great land of Nigeria that took me from the streets of Jada, where I sold firewood, to the heights I have attained, by God’s benevolence, in the civil service, in corporate Nigeria, and in public service.

If I do not play my part in making it possible for other orphaned children, indigent youths and the less privileged, to replicate and even surpass my path to significance, I would have failed my Maker. If I do not ensure that the ladder I climbed remains accessible to those at the bottom, middle and top tiers of society, I would not have fulfilled my purpose.

And only by ensuring that democracy is not just done, but seen to be done, can Nigeria and Nigerians have a sense that this our dear land is indeed a land where Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress reside.

It is for this, and other patriotic reasons, that I am pursuing this judicial route: To ensure that the votes of Nigerians count and are counted.

Yes, those who do not want this as Nigeria’s reality, will use every trick in the book to undermine, discourage, misinform and mislead, but with God’s help and the support of Nigerians, we will ensure that Nigeria makes a course correction away from tyranny and towards democracy.

We must return to being Africa’s bastion of democracy, where the rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom after the Speech, are guaranteed. We must stand together to pursue this just cause all the way so that our judiciary is not afraid to do their jobs and have to be wary of blackmail, intimidation, and victimisation.

I note the immense outpouring of goodwill from ordinary Nigerians in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and from all regions, religions and relationships. Once again I thank you all for your support. I also thank the governors elected on the platform of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, as well as the National Executive Committee, for their unanimous and unambiguous support for the judicial phase of this struggle, especially after it was announced that we would go on to appeal.

I urge all Nigerians to continue their support for this recourse to constitutional order via the courts. Even if there is little or nothing you can do to ensure that justice is done in Nigeria, just believe that it will happen. Let us never underestimate the effect of our belief in Nigeria.

Finally, I say to all concerned, that we will all die and give an account of our lives to our Creator.

Thank you and may God bless Nigeria.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar