By Emeka Mamah
KADUNAâ€”FORMER Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has revisited aspects of his tenure in office and lamented at the weekend that former President Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s failed third term bid truncated a number of laudable projects of that administration.
He spoke in Kaduna at the commissioning of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Professional Development Centre and the launch of a N500 million Appeal Fund, at the Mogadishu City Centre.
Atiku said: â€œWe made similar efforts in the industrial and agricultural sectors but unfortunately before any of these could be consolidated, the exigencies of politics, especially third term politics, intervened and these initiatives did not survive.
â€œIt is a sad commentary on the absence of foresight which characterizes our contemporary political leadership in Nigeria, which allows political expediency to truncateÂ investments in the future of our people.
â€œI am glad that the NUT has focused attention on an often forgotten but vitally important aspect of teaching and learning, that is the professional development and retraining of teachers. We all acknowledge that teachers are the key link in the process of learning.
â€œI have said many times in the past that although government has the biggest role to play in education, the challenges in our educational system, owing to decades of neglect and mismanagement, are so enormous that government alone cannot be the solution.
â€œLasting solution has to result from a partnership among government, families, communities, corporations and non-governmental organizations including religious and secular ones. The realization was also part of my motivation for working with my friends to establish what will become a world class American-style university in Yola.
â€œI encourage other northerners who are blessed with good friends and good fortune to make their mark in our education as a way of giving back to the society.â€
Atiku also canvassed what he described as â€œrevival of the Northâ€ explaining that, â€œthe North is facing multiple and serious challenges as the country moved further into the more competitive environment of the 21st century.”