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2023: Examining Atiku Abubakar’s 5-Point Development Agenda
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2023: Examining Atiku Abubakar’s 5-Point Development Agenda

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As the 2023 General Election inch closer and political parties in the country pick their standard-bearers, former Vice President and a leading presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has unveiled his five points agenda for Nigerians.

According to the abridged policy document tagged, “My covenant with Nigerians,’’ Mr Abubakar recalled his 2019 abridged policy document which could not be implemented for the benefit of Nigerians because of the defeat suffered by the PDP.

Atiku’s abridged policy document which was summed up to a 5-point development agenda seeks to restore Nigeria’s unity through equality, social justice, and cooperation among various people.

The document further revealed that Atiku will establish a strong and effective democratic government that will guarantee the safety and security of life and property.

The former Vice President, upon return to the office, according to the document will build a strong and prosperous economy, creating jobs and wealth as well as lifting millions out of poverty.

The document says that at the centre of its policy, the Atiku Abubakar’s government will promote a strong and true federal system.

Also, one of its policy agendas would be to improve and strengthen the education system and equip students with all necessary skills “required to be competitive in the new global order which is driven by innovation, science, and technology.”

Atiku said he believes that with the understanding of the above, the people can hold him accountable if he fails to meet the projections, which he termed a social contract.

The Economy

On the economy, Abubakar said  “Our agenda is guided by three basic principles”

He highlighted those principles to include – re-affirming the criticality of private-sector leadership and greater sector participation in development; while also repositioning the public sector to focus on its core responsibility.

The second on the list, according to the presidential aspirant is to break the government monopoly in all infrastructure sectors, including refineries, rail transportation and power transmission.

He assured further that the market will then determine prices, and as a result, “the persistent price distortions occasioned by current interventionist exchange rate management policy shall be eliminated.”

Atiku also promised to rely more on optimizing the fiscal space to general more revenues for development. He projected a fiscal regime that is stable and predictable and can clearly bridge the gap between the national revenue yield and national expenditure.

He highlighted some of the fiscal strategies his administration will employ to include, including Domestic Reforms to improve IGR, promoting export growth to improve fx earnings, blocking leakages and financing projects through strategic partnerships with the private sector.

National Security

On national security, Atiku said his government will reactivate meaningful registration at birth as a way of reducing the crime rate and protecting Nigerians.

He promised, therefore, to conduct the next national population census as the basis for further development planning.

According to him, dealing with insurgency shall rely mainly on an alternative approach to dispute resolution.

Restructuring

In what looks like an approval for state police, Atiku promised to restructure and decentralize security institutions, promising to deal decisively with terrorism, kidnapping and other crimes.

The former Vice President is optimistic about a Nigeria that will work again through restructuring, promising to work with the National Assembly and all other stakeholders, to initiate the process of genuine and transparent constitutional amendments.

Anti-Corruption

On anti-corruption, the top on the agenda was to champion institutional reforms of agencies and further strengthen them.

Meanwhile, the two leading political parties are leaving no stone unturned in their respective quests to choose their standard-bearers.

Mobilisation of delegates for the PDP presidential primary fixed for Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29 has commenced, while arrangements for that of the ruling party scheduled for Sunday and Monday, May 29 and 30 are in a final stage.

In a related development, the APC has again issued a revised timetable for its primaries.

The party’s national publicity secretary, Barr. Felix Morka in a statement on Monday night sighted by The New Diplomat however said the presidential and governorship primaries earlier slated for May 29/30 as well as May 26 remained unchanged.

In the revised timetable, the Senatorial and House of Representatives primaries will now hold on May 27 and 28 respectively.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, 23rd of May, 2022, approved a revised Timetable/Schedule of Activities for the governorship, Senate and House of Representatives primary elections as follows:

“Thursday, 26th of May, 2022

governorship – (state delegates)

State House of Assembly – (LGA delegates) Friday, 27th of May, 2022, Senate – (LGA delegates), Saturday, 28th of May, 2022

House of Representatives – (LGA delegates).

“Please, note that the special convention for the presidential primary will be held as scheduled on Sunday, 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022,” the party said.

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