Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, at the weekend in Jigawa State, pledged to reform the educational system if given the chance to be next President of Nigeria.
Speaking in Dutse, the state capital where he led his campaign team to
canvas support of delegates for his presidential bid ahead of the upcoming primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lawan said this has become necessary to improve the youth for national development.
“Time is of essence and I promise you that if I get the chance to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will reform the educational system because I know what it means for the public Institution to be functional.
“We want to make all Nigerians, especially our youth, our children to be good citizens, to be self reliant, to be self dependent, to be good citizens that will contribute to national development.
“And until the sons and daughters of nobody get the kind of government support to go through the education system with little or less stress, I’m afraid, the kind of stability that we want, the kind of stability that we need may elude us.
“We are doing so much but I think there are a lot of rooms for improvement. I want to see a situation where private schools, public schools are able to provide a kind of environment for learning and teaching.
“In northern Nigeria, we have close to 15 million out of school children. That is not a good story for us. That is a time bomb for us because in addition to losing such children from being good leaders, some of them, God forbid, may turn into to crime,” Lawan stressed.
The presidential aspirant also spoke of plans to further enhance those areas of the Nigerian economy that are doing well and rejig those that require rejigging.
“The economy of Nigeria is an economy that is meant to serve everyone. At the moment, we are doing our best. We have been able to stay afloat.
“We know what the federal government did. The federal government introduced so many empowerment programmes and I am very happy to say that I know Jigawa State has been a beneficiary of such programmes because you have a very efficient system of how to run those empowerment programmes.
“I intend to build on those programmes, refocus some of them. Some of them have achieved optimum success. Some not as much. Some low but our focus will be to enhance those that have achieved optimum success and refocus those that need refocus because at the end of the day, governance is about making people to live a better life, an improved life.”
In his response, the state deputy governor, Umar Namadi described Lawan and Governor Abubakar Badaru, who is also contesting for the 2023 presidential election as “sons” of President Muhammadu Buhari whom he believed would eventually decide who, between them, would go for the contest.
“Governor Abubakar Badaru has asked me to tell you that in Jigawa here, you are at home. As we all know, you and him are five and six. Because you and him are sons of Mr President.
“And I’m sure like you said, you will discuss the matter between yourselves and resolve it. I’m sure whatever His Excellency ask the delegates from Jigawa State to do, they will do it. So you don’t have problem,” Namadi said.
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