President Muhammadu Buhari has launched his campaign for the 2019 election with the theme ” Next Level” – Next Level of what please?
See the summary of his speech below:
Four years ago, we promised Nigerians real change – in what we do and how we do it. Foundational work is not often visible, neither is it glamorous – but it is vital to achieving the kind of country we desire. Judging by the prior depth of decay, deterioration and disrepair that Nigeria had sunken into, we are certain that these past few years have put us in good stead to trudge on the Next Level of building an even stronger nation for our people.
Security – This administration was able to liberate 17 local governments in the North East from the grip insurgency. Brokering & Sustaining peace in the Niger Delta was also crucial.
Economic Growth – Despite the difficult circumstances presented by weak oil prices and reduced oil production, we delivered on our commitment to making public investments to spur economic growth, job creation, and broad-based prosperity.
Agriculture – continues to expand our economic base, as do our investments in deficient infrastructure across the length and breadth of this nation.
Corruption – Grand scale corruption perpetrated at the highest level of government is now a thing of the past.
Investment – The nation’s wealth is now being invested in capital projects to expand infrastructure and connect people, goods and opportunities by rail, road and air.
Support To State Government – Also, the Federal Government supported state governments with bailouts that enabled them to pay workers on their payroll.
However, there is still so much to do, which are as follows;
Job Creation Across Various Sectors – From an enlargement of the N-Power programme to investing in technology and creative sector jobs to agriculture and revolutionizing access to credit for entrepreneurs and artisans, there is scope for over 15 million new jobs.
With specific plans underway to exploit the comparative advantage of the geopolitical zones and different states by developing 6 Industrial Parks and 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district, our incremental move away from oil dependence is assured.
National Social Investment Programme – Expansion of this programme to help those that still live in poverty
Herdsmen & Farmers – We believe we can implement the painstaking and comprehensive policy and work we have done to bring an end to the perennial conflict between farmers and herders – a conflict which is heightened by a struggle for land, water and pasture and the effects of climate change and every now and then, opportunistic and cynical manipulation by political actors.
Education – Complete overhaul of the sector, every child counts – and simply, whatever it takes to prepare our teachers, curriculum and classrooms to attain the right educational goals that grow our country, will be done.
Corruption – there is still much ground to cover to stop systemic corruption. We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man.
Nigerians, we are all going higher!