Former Vice President and Candidate of the main opposition party Atiku Abubakar while speaking at the Chatham House in London has listed 6 things he would focus on if he is elected as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the 2019 Presidential election.
The core points he listed are: Sovereign Wealth Funds, Extended Railways, Restructuring, Matching Grants, Investment In Education And Predictable Exchange Rates.
Thus, during his address, he listed and explained the following as his agenda for Nigerians:
- Streamline the operations of sovereign wealth funds
“We will streamline the operations of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the Excess Crude Account and the Stabilization Account which is currently embedded in the Revenue Allocation Formula for more effective stabilization outcomes.”
- Extend railways
“I will extend railways to connect workers to jobs, suppliers to buyers, students to universities, and parents to their children in every major city in every state.”
“These are some of the ways I believe Nigeria’s states can improve their capacity, increase their revenues and better manage their local economies which are critical to safety, prosperity and welfare of all Nigerians and will allow my homeland to realize its true potential.”
4. Introduction of matching grants
“I will make sure certain rivers are dredged to open up the hinterlands of the North. Licenses would be given to state governments to begin immediate exploitation of resources in their jurisdictions.”
- Invest in Education
“We have to ensure the minimum amount of resources are allocated & invested in education & health, with penalties for states that don’t comply. 1.6m Nigerians sit for university entrance exams with only 600,000 places. $1bn spent on paying fees in Ghana.”
- Create stable and predictable exchange rates
“Nigeria must have a stable and predictable exchange