As electioneering activities climaxes ahead 2019 general elections, presidential aspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former National Chairman of the Party Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi has vowed to if elected, provide interest free loans to students wishing to further their education.
Makarfi who made the promise at the weekend when he visited the Bauchi State chapter of the Party to solicit support of delegates for the upcoming presidential primaries said beneficiaries of the loans would repay when they get employed.
According to him today’s leaders had enjoyed free education in the past but have now failed to provide same to their subjects, hence his resolve to give the education loan if he emerges president.
Aside from the education loans, the one-time governor of Kaduna State promised to create jobs to teeming youths in the nation through agriculture and mining if elected.
Makarfi who stated that he is in the race to rescue the country bragged that he was not desperate to rule the country noting that he would have succeeded Obasanjo in 2007 when he was anointed by him but sacrificed his ambition to late President Umaru Yar’adua.
“And when Yar’adua died I was endorsed by Senators to be Jonathan’s Vice-President but I also discarded my ambition and allowed Namadi Sambo to be his vice. So the interests of the nation and my party are greater than my personal interest”. He noted.
Responding, the State PDP Chairman Hamza Akuyam represented by his vice Haruna Shitu said Makarfi as former Governor and National Chairman of the Party is qualified to be next president of the country in view his leadership prowess.