We will support the growth of cultural and artistic projects in Nigeria through generous Public and Private sector endowments. Our programs will transform cultural celebrations such as the Calabar carnival, Argungu Fishing festival, Lagos carnival, Iri Ji (New Yam Festival) and others into global cultural fiestas.
We aim for the attainment of self sufficiency in food production through the development of large-scale commercial agriculture. Key policy initiatives include providing access to factors of production at affordable rates, leveraging the federal government’s bargaining power to enable access to preferential purchase terms from agricultural equipment and products suppliers, strengthening extension services for marketing of agricultural goods, researching and disseminating best practices for growing crops and livestock, creating a platform for agricultural entrepreneurs to emerge by providing training and access to start-up funds for 1,000 agricultural entrepreneurs in each local government area, and leveraging infrastructure (roads, rail, ports and electric power) to help facilitate movement of agricultural produce to market and maintain cold/storage chains to help minimise spoilage.
Nigeria’s educational system is in crisis. Our government’s educational sector programs aim for full enrolment for all children at the primary and secondary school level, integration of almajirai institutions into the mainstream educational system, provision of sufficient and adequate funding for schools, restoration of high standards in the educational system through the strict enforcement of inspectorate oversight and national performance benchmarks for students and teaching staff, investment in research & development and utilisation of universities and other tertiary institutions for driving economic growth through research and innovation. We will restore vocational training and instructional institutions to provide required technical skills for a growing economy as well as to offer a viable alternative career path for our youth and children.
Health is wealth. As health outcomes improve, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increases. Healthy workers are more productive workers. Healthy citizens live longer and contribute more to their societies. The goals of our health care policy are to enhance access and improve quality of health care in Nigeria.
To this end, our government will boost healthcare financing, drive towards Universal Primary Healthcare Access by 2020 by enrolling all Nigerians in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), reform the NHIS to assure access to high quality care for all enrollees, enhance primary healthcare training, fast-track adoption of electronic data management in the health sector, enhance quality of medical training, and rapidly address maternal and child mortality through training and community support.
We commit to undertaking a Constitutional Review Initiative and hold a referendum to resolve the question of restructuring. Restructuring will energise Nigeria’s federating units, strengthen states and empower each to flourish at its own pace and unlock the value of their own resources by themselves. Provision will be made for state and local government level policing and law enforcement. With more power must come greater responsibility. The federating units – the states – must demonstrate viability. As more power is devolved to the states and local government levels, their responsibilities and accountability to the Nigerian people must also increase. Our restructuring plans will call for states to balance their budgets, prioritise education and healthcare, and maintain sustainable fiscal and tax policies.
We will create five million new jobs in infrastructure development, healthcare, education, technology, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Our policies will leverage technology for growth, promote and empower small businesses, and strengthen local manufacturing.
We will support the emergence of globally relevant software and ICT technology markets in Nigeria and create industrial and technology hubs to power the emergence of our nation as a major centre for technological innovation.
Major investments in electric power generation, housing, road construction, and rail expansion will be integrated into our economy and job growth programs. Program funding will be financed by closing leakages from corruption, boosting government corporate tax revenues through disciplined collections, and leveraging Public Private Partnerships to help draw in investments.
We will strengthen anti-corruption initiatives and reform the police and judiciary to eradicate corruption and other ills that ravage Nigeria. Our plans leverage technology to fight corruption and allow anti-corruption agencies to function in an unfettered manner. We will provide additional support to the whistle-blower program and expand it beyond just being utilised in EFCC prosecutions, to cover terrorism, kidnappings and utilisation of resources in all public service parastatals.
We will pay a living wage to federal government workers and all youth corpers by raising the minimum wage of Federal Civil Service personnel to N100,000 per month. This will boost professionalism in the civil service and help mitigate the temptation for corruption.
Economic growth is facilitated by robust infrastructure. A buoyant economy must have good roads, airports and seaports for the transport of products and people. Efficient rail systems allow for the rapid transport of heavy goods and raw materials. A modern nation must have housing for its people and drinking water and sewage treatment plants that guarantee access to clean water and a pollution free environment. Access to drinking water and sewage treatment to promote public health and wellness.
We will double Nigeria’s roadways from 202,000 to 400,000 kilometres. Rail network will be expanded to 7,000 kilometres from 3,550 kilometres, connecting all six geopolitical zones in the country. We will leverage public-private partnerships for constructing 17 million affordable housing units.
Electricity is the engine of economic growth. Lighted streets enhance security. Stable electricity allows businesses to focus on creating products and services, boosting the economy and leading to job creation. Power lights up classrooms, reduces spoilage of foods and enhances health.
We will increase generation capacity from the current 7,000 megawatts to 24,000 megawatts within the first four years and ramp up the build out of Nigeria’s electricity transmission infrastructure, with emphasis on industrial and agriculture hubs. We will decentralise Nigeria’s electric power generation and diversify the energy mix by strategically focusing on natural gas, hydro, solar, coal, wind and gasoline. Our plans leverage public-private partnerships to draw in investments to grow Nigeria’s electricity generation and transmission capacity.
Our plans address militancy in the Niger Delta region, terrorism by Boko Haram, Farmer–Herdsmen conflicts and the general spread in violence, kidnappings and lawlessness. We will focus on community development and job opportunities in the Niger Delta and initiate environmental clean up associated with oil and gas development and enforce environmental protection measures in the South-South region.
We will forge partnerships on counter-terrorism intelligence, enhance training and deploy technology and cutting-edge equipment in the fight against terrorism and kidnappings.
To resolve Farmer-Herdsmen conflicts, we will enhance law enforcement and transform cattle-rearing to a commercial ranching model. We will promote community policing, intelligence gathering and crime prevention to effectively address the increased violence, kidnappings, and general lawlessness in our society.