Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has stated that he will hand over Federal Government-owned varsities to state governments.
The former Vice President of Nigeria disclosed this today (Monday) as a panelist at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual General Conference held in Lagos state.
While speaking today, Atiku said “The only way is to make sure that you make 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 said.
“I had an argument with a university professor from Federal University, Lokoja. He said he read in my policy document that I intended to devolve, in other words, to return education to the states. How dare I do that?
“I said, ‘Mr Professor, do you realise that the first set of our universities belongs 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.” he added partly.