A presidential candidate on the platform of National Rescue Movement (NRM), Usman Ibrahim Alhaji, has vowed to ban all public office holders in Nigeria from sending their children to private schools, if elected in 2019 general election.
Alhaji explained that his administration would take this measure in order to revamp and resuscitate Nigeria’s ailing public schools.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday during the unveiling of the policy documentation of NRM, Alhaji lamented the collapse of Nigeria’s educational institutions, assuring that within his 100 days in office, the sector would witness a turnaround.
He also vowed to introduce a policy that would stop public office holders and their immediate families from travelling abroad to seek medical attention.
As part of measures to drive efficient and result-oriented administration, he announced that he would constitute ministerial cabinet and other appointments of qualitative, efficient, effective and dynamic people made up of 70 per cent of youth and women who are guided by moral and ethical values.
He underscored the need to inject intelligent and resourceful young men and women into the positions of leadership, adding that the present crop of leaders has lost touch with socio-economic and political challenges bedeviling the nation.
Alhaji said his administration would float Tertiary Education Fund that would give all Nigerians the opportunity to access fund to further their education in higher institutions of learning, using their primary and secondary schools certificates as collateral.
Commenting on the National Youth Service Corps, the presidential candidate pledged to increase the allowance of corps members to N60,000, assuring that on completion of service, they would be provided with N1 million loan each to enable them to venture into businesses and entrepreneurship to generate wealth, reduce poverty and create jobs in the country.