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2019: Highlights of Buhari, Atiku’s campaign promises

I will take Nigeria to the next level – Buhari
I will get Nigeria working again – Atiku
By Clifford Ndujihe
LEADING presidential candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have outlined measures they would take to address Nigeria’s problems, if elected in 2019. Specifically, while President reeled out action plans he would take to ”take Nigeria to the level”, Atiku marshalled out what he would do to ”get Nigeria working again.”

According to them, such measures will yield tangible and measurable results.

President M Buhari and Atiku

How I will take Nigeria to the next level – Buhari

To engage 1million N-Power graduates.

To train 10 million Nigerians in various skills.

Give 1 million farmers inputs and jobs via Anchor borrowers scheme.

Create 1.5 million jobs through livestock, beef, crop programmes.

Create 5 million jobs through mechanised agriculture.

Provide $500m innovation fund for Tech and creative sector to create 500,000 jobs.

Train 200,000 youths for outsourcing market in tech, services and entertainment.

Create 6 regional industrial parks and economic zones.

Increase children fed through the school feeding programme from 9.3 million to 15 million.

Feeding programme to provide 300, 000 extra jobs for vendors and farmers.

Complete coastal rail (Lagos-Calabar), 2nd Niger Bridge, East-West road, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria to Kano road among others.

Complete Ibadan-Kano rail, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail, etc.

Move broadband coverage to 120,000 km of fibre network across the country.

Increase power generation by 1000MW every year.

Raise power distribution to 7000MW; 9 universities, 300 markets and clusters to have interrupted power.

Implement $550m rural electrification programme.

Provide N1million soft loans to artisans.

TraderMoni beneficiaries to be increased from 2.3 million to 10 million.

Establish 109 One Stop Shops of all regulatory agencies (CAC,NAFDAC, SON, etc).

To retrain all teachers in public primary and secondary schools.

To remodel 10,000 schools every year.

Use co-payments to share cost of health insurance between individuals, the private sector and government. Poorest 40% of Nigerians to be exempted from co-payments.

Increase population covered by primary health care from 12.6% to 45 % in 2023.

How I will get Nigeria working again – Atiku

To produce 5 million bpd of petroleum in 2025.

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Increase downstream oil sector contribution to GDP from less than 0.5% to 2% by 2025.

Refine 2mbpd of oil in Nigeria and export 50% of it to ECOWAS member states.

Export 10-15% of manufacturing output by 2030 and 25% by 2035.

Lift 50 million people out of extreme poverty by 2025.

1 million youths to benefit annually from apprenticeship scheme.

Sign African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreement, and mitigate the potential risks.

Increase Export Stimulation Fund from N700 billion to N1.5 trillion to enhance access to credit by manufacturers.

Will stimulate the economy absorb 50 -60% of the 2 million new entrants into the labour market annually.

Reduce unemployment and under-employment rate to a single digit by 2025.

Creation 3 million self-and wage-paying employment opportunities in the private sector annually.

Re -launch the National Open Apprenticeship Programme (NOAP) which will recruit, annually, 100,000 Master Craft Persons (MCPs) who will train 1,000,000 apprentices in various trades.

Ensure speedy passage of the National Research and Innovation Fund Bill, in order to produce 100,000 entrepreneurs every year

Increase the absorptive capacity of the formal post-basic, TVET and Vocational Centres from the current total enrolment and completion of less than 200,000 students to 500,000 in 2025 and 1,000,000 by 2030.

Facilitate $250 million SME Venture Capital Fund by the private sector to provide for longer-term capital for targeted small firms.

Increase the MSMEs funding window currently from N200 billion to N500 billion.

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Work with existing Micro Finance Banks (MFBs) in each local government area to administer a new N15.48 billion Community Micro Enterprise Fund (CMEF) to stimulate community enterprise development.

To double current infrastructure stock to approximately 70% of GDP by 2025 from current 35-40% of GDP.

To invest $35 billion annually in the next 5 years to finance core public infrastructure projects.

Rehabilitation and develop 5,000 Km of roads across the nation by 2025.

To deliver 1 million housing units every and reduce housing deficit from 15 million to less than 10 million by 2025

Reduce the share of recurrent revenue in the budget from 70% to 35% by 2025.

Increase primary school enrolment from 60% to 90% and graduation rate from 63% to 82% by 2027.

Increase secondary school enrolment from 47% to 80% and graduation rate from 56% to 75% by 2027.

Ensure that 65% of Nigerians have access to basic Primary Health Care (PHC) and services package by 2024, and 80% coverage by 2030. Current baseline PHC coverage levels range from 35% to 49%.

Reduce by 40% the number of Nigerians who are impoverished due to out-of-pocket health care expenses by 2024

Restructure Nigeria and devolve power to lower tiers of government.

Issues bordering on minerals and mines, internal security including Police, law and order, railways, communications, transport, environment, land matters, etc will be devolved to the concurrent list so that, states can partake in them. Local Governments shall remain as independent tier of government.

The Federal Government will match State’s IGR up to $250 million per state.

Launch National Anti-corruption strategy that is based on the rule of law, separation of powers, neutrality and non-partisanship to reposition and refocus Anti-corruption and Law Enforcement Agencies within the first 100 days in office.

Set up Major Corruption Case Monitoring & Review Committee for all major corruption cases under the Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice that would include Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Media

Eliminate arbitrary or selective investigation and prosecution of major corruption cases by all anti-corruption agencies within the first 100 days in office.

Resolve Niger Delta militancy issue by implementing the Niger-Delta Master Plan; and move the Niger Delta Ministry to the region.

Address North East development issues via effective and efficient intervention funds; return IDPs to their homes and schools; rebuild damaged infrastructure.

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