Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has revealed a shocking family secret by stating that he is the first of his family members to ever attain the age of 70.
Atiku Abubakar described this as a milestone in his life while speaking on Thursday at an event organised to mark his 70th birthday by students of American University of Nigeria Academy and Primary school.
He appreciated the students for the surprise of a birthday party in his honour and reiterated his commitment to supporting education in the country.
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In the spirit of the celebration, the former vice president called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the ongoing warning strike for the sake of Nigerian students.
Atiku stressed that education was the backbone of development, adding that nothing should be done to jeopardise education.
In other news, the former vice president’s school, the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola has reportedly increased salary of its over 1000 employees as part of its efforts in alleviating the effect of the current economic recession.
The school’s management made this known in a press release issued on Thursday by AUN Public Relations and Communications noting that although the university had been adversely affected by rising cost of commodities, the welfare of its workforce remained paramount.
The statement reads;
“President Margee Ensign of the American University of Nigeria today announced graduated salary increments for all the national employees of the University below the senior management level, amounting to more than ₦91 million annually.
Consequently, starting in December 2016, all the various categories of national employees at the institution will receive up to a 26 percent increase to cushion the impact of the current recession. More than one thousand national employees will be affected.”
President Ensign, on behalf of the staff, thanked the the AUN founder, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and the university’s Board of Trustees for the gesture.