The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has announced plans to revive Nigeria’s education sector and address economic challenges.
Speaking at the party’s rally at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna city, Kwankwaso expressed his disappointment in the poor leadership that has led to the country’s current socio-economic struggles.
Kwankwaso outlined several key initiatives that his administration would implement if elected on 25 February, including the elimination of fees for examinations as well as the construction of new classrooms for out-of-school children.
“Our blueprint is the best for Nigeria”, he said, “there are some critical areas, especially education, where we have decided that we will cancel payments for any form either for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examination Council (NECO) or Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) or application to any institution in this country.
“The idea is to allow children of the poor to attain the highest level in education. At the primary level we are going to build at least 500,000 classrooms for the over 20 million out-of-school children.”
NNPP National Chairman, Prof. Ahmed Alkali, expressed support for Kwankwaso, asserting that he is eminently qualified to lead the country out of its current crises that has the necessary experience and capabilities to bring about positive change.
The presidential candidate for the Nigerian Labour Party, Peter Obi, also outlined plans for the country’s educational systems.
Obi has vowed to work closely with the educational sector, farmers, and the workforce, and to create a stable environment to establish the foundation for sustainable economic growth.
He reassured that his administration would cooperate with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to prevent strikes and ensure that universities remain open.