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2023: Peter Obi makes huge promises, says he’ll end incessant strikes in Nigerian universities, give loans to students

The Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has assured that if elected President in 2023, his administration will end perennial strike actions that threaten to cripple the federal universities in the country.

He also promised to increase education funding, make universities autonomous and grant loans to students.

The former Anambra state governor made the promises while speaking at a town hall meeting with youth in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

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He further disclosed that as president, students will not stay beyond their course time in schools.

He said, “I will not allow them to make your stay 8 years for a 5-year course. 5 years will be 5 years. If I have a problem with ASUU it is between me and them. You shouldn’t suffer for our disagreement.”

The former Anambra State governor maintained that as a way out of the current logjam between the government and university authorities, “Universities should be able to manage their resources, so they don’t have to shut down.

“So many things are not adding up but I will sit down with ASUU and we will discuss.

While adding that he would embark on physical tours to tertiary institutions to make them work, the LP presidential flag bearer regretted that governments that refuse to recognise the impact of education on development are doomed.

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“I assure you that when I become president I will visit at least 10 universities in a year. I visited over 500 secondary schools when I was a governor in Anambra. And all their school prefects have my phone number and I deal with them directly,” he explained.

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