Obi: Campaigning for 2023 elections with students at home, embarrassing

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Obi wants money raised from presidential candidates to be channeled to meet ASUU demands

By Emma Ogbuehi

Frontline Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has lamented and expressed regret that political parties and politicians across the country are campaigning for 2023 as Nigerian children who should be in school spend time at home.

Obi made the lament on Wednesday when answering a question from a Nigerian student when he was featured on a popular Abuja-based radio and television station better known as Berekete Family.

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The former Governor of Anambra State said he finds it disheartening that the noise of 2023 dominates space rather than the plight of Nigerian students who are languishing in their homes and exposed to all sorts of dangers and degradations.

Obi noted that the N40m and N100m collected for forms from presidential candidates of the two main political parties – the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC), respectively – are enough to meet some demands from striking members of the Union of university academic staff. (ASUU).

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He observed that “the genesis of the ASUU strike lies in the government’s failure to deliver on agreements and that stems from the value we place on education, which should be the biggest investment.”

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Obi said that if he is elected the country’s president, he will make Nigeria a productive nation because that is the only way to have a strong and viable economy.

He pointed out that the Nigerian economy is down because the operating system is in sharing rather than production.

When asked how he intended to create a viable economy if elected, he replied that he would “start by eliminating the excessive waste that is prevalent in our system”. He gave a graphic account of how he did the same as Governor of Anambra State and was able to achieve a lot without having to owe and having to invest more.

Obi also spoke at length on how his presidency will tackle the nation’s lingering issues, particularly cohesion, insecurity and power generation, among others.

Regarding security, he noted that most bandits and gunmen could not have been implicated in the crime if the government had provided for them.

The presidential hopeful told a trained Nigerian doctor who called from Saudi Arabia and wanted to know what he would do if elected to stop doctor theft, that he would encourage the training of more doctors and doctors. other professionals for export.

He noted that in 2030 there will be a shortage of critical professionals like computer engineers and nurses, adding that countries that plan well can take advantage of them and earn money by exporting them.

The audience of the popular media station across the world – Italy, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, among others – called in to ask a question or to wish Obi luck in the presidential race.

Members of the Berekete family also expressed satisfaction with Obi’s response to the issues.

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