Presidential Candidates in the 2023 Election are currently unveiling their plan for a progressives Nigeria at the ongoing 2022 Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual General Conference taking place at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos State.
The conference with the theme ‘Bold Transitions’ began on Monday and will run until August 26.
Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar had disclosed that if elected, he will hand over Federal Government-owned universities to state governments for management
Speaking on Monday during the panel session aired, Atiku said the Federal Government does not have infinite resources.
“The only way is to make sure that you make conducive environment available to both foreign and local investors to participate in our country, whether it is infrastructure, whether it is education, whether it is power,” he said.
“I had an argument with a university professor from Federal University, Lokoja. He said he read in my policy document that I intended to devolve, in other words, to return education to the states. How dare I do that?
“I said, ‘Mr Professor, do you realise that the first set of our universities belong to the regional governments?’ He said, ‘Yes’. I said who are the successors of the regional government? He said the states.
“I said the children you send to America, to England, who own those universities? Mostly the private sector. So, why is it that you think we cannot do it here? We don’t have the money.”
Commenting immediately after Atiku, Vice-Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 elections, Kashim Shettima, said the government of APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, will replicate the “wonders” in Borno and Lagos states if elected president in 2023.
Hear him; “Nigerians have the capability to see through the worn-out rhetoric and sophistry of pretentious politicians. Nigerians should follow the man wey know the road. From day one, we will hit the ground running. We’ll promptly address the issue of the economy, ecology, and security.
“And we have the antecedents. I built some of the best schools in Nigeria. Go to Borno State and see wonders; you will never believe that it is a state in a state of war.
“So, we are going to replicate our achievements in Lagos, in Borno and some of the frontline states so that our nation will be a better place. The fundamental issue is pure leadership.”
On his part, Obi outlined “important” areas Nigeria must tackle “aggressively” for a greater economy.
According to the former governor of Anambra State, investment in intangible assets such as education and power is critical for an economic renaissance.
“What we need to do is the two most intangible assets: security; and law and order . . . provide a conducive environment to attract investors, then education and power . . . the economy is driven by these intangible assets”.