ABUJA: THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) reacted strongly to the All Progressives Congress’ and Buhari Campaign Organization’s criticism of the projects President Goodluck Jonathan executed in the education sector.
The ruling party, in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said it was despicable that while well-meaning Nigerians and the international community were applauding Jonathan for his initiatives in revamping the sector, the APC was engaged in unwarranted mudslinging and personal attacks in an attempt to score cheap political points.
PDP described such criticism as “weird and clear manifestation of ill will towards the people.” “We wish to remind the APC that no matter how hard they try, propaganda and lies will never overshadow the truth. The fact that the education sector has experienced stability and growth under Jonathan remains incontrovertible,” PDP stated.
“In criticizing President Jonathan for establishing 14 new universities in his determination to ensure that all states of the federation have a federal university, the APC and Buhari Organization have allowed their myopic political interests to becloud their sense of reasoning.” PDP said at no time in the history of Nigeria had any administration achieved this quantum leap in education.
“The new universities are being funded; they have since taken off academic activities with their courses meeting laid down standard by various academic regulatory institutions, while infrastructural projects are being provided. All over the world, the development of universities requires systematic progression and that is why even foremost universities like Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge are still upgrading their facilities to meet up with the demands of contemporary realties.”
The party noted that all Nigerians universities and other tertiary institutions had remained well funded under Jonathan and the quality of learning enhanced with upgrade of facilities through special intervention agencies.
President Jonathan as a highly educated leader appreciates the importance of education as a vehicle for the realization of innate potentials of citizens and has continued to demonstrate this through his policies and programmes in the sector.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY