Ukaegbu made the promise in Abuja on Thursday at the Joint Education Stakeholders Action Coalition (JESAC) Consultative Conference on education and 2019.
He said that focusing on the country’s educational sector was an important course toward the development of other sectors.
He said that training of teachers, adequate infrastructure and excellent research and development would be the focus of his administration if he won the election.
‘‘The average dreams of Nigerians are to go out to other countries whether to do business or for schooling because the leaders of those countries have spent time to build an ecosystem that supports and nurture education.
‘‘And these are the things we have to think of doing to invest in education. It is very disappointing that only a minute percentage is allocated to education when we should be investing 30 to 35 per cent.
‘‘If I have the opportunity, as an educator, administrator and as a curriculum developer, it is important we take a holistic approach when we talk about our education.
‘‘It is important to make sure that our teachers are being trained well, they are qualified to teach and the infrastructure of our educational institutions is one that creates and set spaces for children to learn.
‘‘Also, an excellent research and development that amplifies our ability to look and empower our educational sector will be my focus,’’ he said.
Ukaegbu further explained that equipping students with entrepreneurial skills was important to attaining effective and efficient performance on the job.
‘‘As a president, I think developing entrepreneurial skills of students will also be of priority.
‘‘This is because the skills can be used on their jobs after graduation so that they can be equipped whether they choose to go into the workforce or they create jobs.
‘‘The problem we are having today is that we graduate students who are not fit for the workforce.
‘‘It is also important to make sure we improve on the quality of education so that we can start to attract international students.’’
Ukaegbu added that creating an environment for education to thrive would attract international students thereby contributing to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
Mr Ike Onyechere, JESAC’s National Coordinator, said the purpose of the conference was to start mobilising its 24 million members to elect education-friendly leaders in the 2019 elections.
“Some political parties and candidates have presented their education scorecards/manifestos for critical assessment by stakeholders with a view to deciding on candidates that will be voted for by the 24 million JESAC members.
“The members include concerned parents; education officers; administrators; teaching and non-teaching staff and students in education ministries; agencies; institutions; education unions and associations across the country.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JESAC, inaugurated in 2010, is a voluntary action coalition of 20 education unions and associations that span the whole spectrum of the education sector from primary schools to tertiary institutions.
They include the NUT; Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria; All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools; National Parents Association of Federal Unity Secondary Schools of Nigeria and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities.
Others are: Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, ASUU, among others.