Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has promised to devote 21% of federal budget to education if elected President in the 2019 general elections.
He stated this in response to the feat recorded by Apple Inc which became the first private company in the world to be worth $1 trillion on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
In an editorial opinion sent in for publication in THISDAY newspapers, Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and investor in education said knowledge is the main raw material for the founding, development and success story of Apple Inc.
In the article titled ‘What Nigeria Can Learn From Apple’s Trillion Dollar Status’, Atiku wrote, “I pledge that if I am chosen by my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be its Presidential candidate, and if I am subsequently elected President by Nigerians, I will go above and beyond the United Nations recommendations and ensure that a minimum of 21% of the federal budget is devoted to education.“
The former Vice President is the founder of the American University of Nigeria, Yola, one of the best funded private varsities in Africa.
Atiku is seeking the sole Presidential ticket alongside Ibrahim Dankwambo, governor of Gombe State, erstwhile governors of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Sokoto states-Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi, Ibrahim Shekarau and Attahiru Bafarawa respectively as well as former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki.