Muhammadu BuhariDecember 29, 2018
Obiageli EzekwesiliDecember 31, 2018
Get Nigeria Working Again (GNWA)
Atiku Abubakar Presidential Candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946 (age 72), in Jada village of Adamawa State. Atiku got enrolled into Jada Primary School at the age of eight. After his primary school, he proceeded to Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola in the year 1960. Following secondary education, Abubakar attended school of Hygiene, Kano in 1966 and graduated with a Diploma in 1967. Thereafter, he enrolled for Law Diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration.
Atiku Abubakar worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known. In 1998, he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected as Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate. Atiku served as Nigeria’s Vice President between May 1999 and May 2007.
- We shall guarantee to the Nigerian people, a progressive and focused government, with a vision and positive notion of development, aided by professionalized and result-oriented public service.
- We shall reposition the public sector to become more accountable, disciplined and performance oriented. Service delivery shall be more efficient and effective.
- We shall build a dynamic and competitive economy. Nigeria's economic growth shall be inclusive, equitable and humane: our dream economy shall create jobs for our youth..
- Economic development will be people-centered and Nigeria's new prosperity shall be for all. We shall enhance access to economic opportunities and shall consciously make the basic needs of life, including health, education, electricity, water and housing, readily available and affordable for everyone: our dream economy shall lift our people from poverty and narrow the income gaps.
- We shall endeavor to achieve and maintain a balance between the rural and urban sectors of the economy and between the various federating units and geo-political zones.
- We shall ensure increased public-private sector interface for the financing of joint development projects.
- We shall, through constitutional means, achieve a new political structure that guarantees freedoms and ensure government accountability at all levels. Our political reform shall reinforce the country's concept of 'true federalism' by conceding unfettered autonomy to the other two tiers of government (states and local governments)
- We shall promote the politics of inclusiveness that will reduce citizens' frustration and alienation and that way, eliminate the motivation to take up arms against the society or fellow countrymen.
- We shall restore the citizen's confidence in Nigeria as one indivisible, indissoluble, ethnically diverse but strong country that will protect and secure socio-economic benefits for all..
- We shall emphasize prevention, detection and certain, swift and severe punishment of corruption. Consequently, we shall build institutions and encourage a national culture of accountability, efficiency and transparency.
- We shall rigorously enforce judicious use of public resources, with zero tolerance for nepotism, corruption and poor management.
- We shall recognize the central place of the rule of law and ensure the supremacy of law over all persons and authorities. The Nigerian constitution will be the anchor on which the independence of the judiciary, personal liberty and democratic and other fundamental rights rest.
Economic Development Agenda
- To build a broad-based, dynamic and competitive economy with a GDP of approximately US$900 billion by 2025.
- To grow Nigeria's GDP per capita to US$5,000 (10% annually), over the medium to long-term.
- Reform of public institutions to make them stronger, more supportive and effective in facilitating an enhanced private sector access to credit. Government's regulatory institutions will be strengthened and their independence will be shielded from political interference.
- Accelerate investment to double infrastructure stock to approximately 50% of GDP by 2025 and 70% by 2030.
- Invest a minimum of US$90b annually in the next 5 years to finance all the core public infrastructure projects.
- By 2025, Nigeria shall make giant strides in diversifying its sources of power and delivering up to 20,000 MW.
- Our monetary and fiscal policies shall ensure low inflation rate, stable exchange rate and interest rates that will be supportive of businesses' quest for credit.
- Curtailing recurrent spending and ensuring that it is not funded by debt.
- We shall attract and increase the stock of our investment from 15% to 35% of GDP within 5 years and FDI shall be a key component.
- By 2025, we shall increase the inflow of direct foreign investment to a minimum of 2.5% of our GDP.
- Strengthening the credit guarantee initiatives of Infra-Credit by substantially increasing its capital base and providing support required to provide credit enhancement across the critical sectors of our economy.
- Achieving the lowest corporate income tax rate in Africa.
- Achieving lower transactions costs – (including lowering the capital gains tax).
- Granting of qualification for tax incentives is automatic, and according to a predetermined, uniform, and clear criteria.
- We would increase agricultural output from the current level of N23.85 trillion to about N40 trillion by 2025. This would imply an annual growth in agricultural sector from 4.11% to 10% between 2019 and 2025.
- We shall strengthen the Presidential Committee on Land Reform and ensure the re-launch of the Systematic Land Titling Registration Programme across the country.
- Privatization of the Nigerian Commodities Exchange.
- Work closely with the AfDB and IBRD to revisit the SCPZ initiatives under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, ATA.
- Encourage investment in agro-processing cluster by offering concessional financing, tax breaks and seed funds for upgrades or construction of access roads, embedded power plants and water/waste management systems.
- Replacing fertilizer subsidies with cash transfers.
- Providing facility to women for the procurement of machinery and equipment to help them set up and run cottage and small-scale industries.
- Creating employment opportunities at ward levels through the establishment of enterprises and pilot projects in the wards.
- By 2025, the manufacturing sector's output shall be expanded from 9% to 30% of GDP.
- Simplify personal and corporate tax filings and create a transparent corporate tax register.
- Support and vigorously enforce the buy-made-in-Nigeria initiative by ensuring compliance with the relevant executive order by Federal Government procurement agencies.
- We shall prioritize efforts for an easier formalization process of our MSMEs including special fiscal incentives for registration, simplification of the registration process and less burdensome tax filing requirement.
- MSMEs and SMPs (Small and Medium Practitioners) will be given special fiscal advantages including tax breaks and rebates to accelerate business formalization.
- We shall provide business planning training, Intellectual property rights (IPR) access to increase patenting from 30%to 80% by 2023.
- By 2025, Nigeria shall produce a minimum of 5 million per barrels per day.
- Increase the contribution of the downstream sector to GDP from <0.5% to at least 2% by 2025.
- Implementing the petroleum industrial bill (PIB), including the National Oil Policy, National Gas Policy and Downstream Gas Act.
- Strengthen the provision of gas assets for power consumption.
- We shall embark on the digitalization of the internal processes of the NNPC. Similarly, we shall ensure timely publication of revenue earnings from Petroleum operations by CBN and Federal Ministry of Finance.
- Establishment of a 'Technology Support Programme' (TSP) to be funded by a Diaspora Bond.
- Production of a comprehensive policy on block chain technology and crypto- currencies by the relevant government agencies.
- We will provide the right incentives for the establishment of international call centres, service units, assembling services and substantial parts of the manufacturing value chain of major manufacturing companies.
- As we double our refining capacity to 2 million barrels of crude daily, we shall aspire to export 50% of that capacity to ECOWAS member states.
- We shall also aspire to export 10-15% of manufacturing output by 2030 and target 25% by 2035.
- Sign the AfCFTA agreement, and then, work with the Nigerian private sector to mitigate the potential risks.
- Substantially increase the manufactured export funding window (the Export Stimulation Fund) currently, N700 billion to N1.5 trillion to enhance access to credit by manufacturers of finished, non-oil products.
- The privatization of State-Owned Enterprises including all three government-owned refineries and the concession of Nigeria's sea and airports to reputable, strategic, and technically sound buyers and concessionaires with strong financial standing.
- The liberalization of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry to, among others, allow market-determined prices for Petrol Motor Spirit (PMS) and eliminate subsides for its consumption.
- We shall set up a Special Purpose Fund for the utilization of all monies saved from subsidy removal in building infrastructure in education, health and the empowerment of women and youth.
- Accelerating a comprehensive power sector reform to include the provision of licences for mini-grid solutions to power generation and private sector participation in distribution of power.
- Accelerating the privatization and decentralization of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Job Creation and Entrepreneurship Development
- As the economy responds to the stimulus, it will be expected to absorb between 50 -60% of the 2 million new entrants into the labour market annually.
- Support establishing training programmes linked to certain sectors that may lead to full-time and permanent employment. Successful completion of on-the-job training, where a youth can receive a stipend, may be rewarded with a contract and a competitive salary.
- Target the creation of up to 3 million self-and wage-paying employment opportunities in the private sector annually.
- Create incubation centres, clusters and industrial/commercial hubs to provide a market place for MSMEs and SMPs.
- We shall re -launch the National Open Apprenticeship Programme (NOAP). This programme will recruit, annually, 100,000 Master Craft Persons (MCPs) who will train 1,000,000 apprentices in various trades.
- There will be a system of payment of feeding stipends during the training period either by direct cash payment or by use of a food voucher system in order to support indigent trainee-beneficiaries.
- It is expected that at least 100,000 budding entrepreneurs will be added annually.
- The administration will introduce, and actively promote, a Graduate Trainee Internship Programme (GTI), which will essentially target the National Youth Corps members.
- We shall improve the technical and financial capacity of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to operate its internship and apprenticeship programmes, at a much higher scale to cover a minimum of 2 million workers per year.
- The absorptive capacity of the formal post-basic
- TVET and Vocational Centres will be increased from the current total enrolment and completion of less than 200,000 students to 500,000 in 2025 and 1,000,000 by 2030.
- Re-modeling of selected vocational training institutions into one-stop shops for the provision of vocational training, entrepreneurship (accounting, management training expertise) and life-skills programmes etc.
- Facilitate the establishment of the SME Venture Capital Fund by the private sector to provide for longer-term capital for targeted small firms. We shall aim at attracting a minimum of $250 million of private sector funding for Nigerian small businesses.
- Facilitate the establishment of the Financial Innovation Fund to incentivize commercial and Micro-finance banks to come up with innovative solutions for the provision of credit facilities.
- Actively promote “Nollywood” to make it the 3rd largest film industry in the world.
Poverty Alleviation and Economic Empowerment
- Our policy goal is to lift at least 50 million people out of extreme poverty by 2025.
- An estimated 1,000,000 youth shall benefit annually from our apprenticeship scheme in the informal sector.
- Promote financial inclusiveness through asset titling to improve access to credit, or appropriate ease on group collateral requirements for loan approval.
- Invest in rural infrastructure such as Farm to Market Roads (FMR) and Electrification via mini grids into rural households to improve businesses and total wellbeing of inhabitants.
- 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.
- Establish an “Infrastructure Development Unit” [IDU] in the Presidency, with a coordinating function and a specific mandate of working with the MDAs to fast track and drive the process of infrastructure development in the country. The IDF will have an initial investment capacity of approximately US$20 billion.
- De-risking investments infrastructure with target to double our current infrastructure stock to approximately 70% of GDP by 2025. This quantum leap from approximately US$150 billion to US$600 billion would require a commitment to invest a minimum of US$35 billion annually in the next 5 years to finance all the core public infrastructure projects.
- Develop a new National Transport Policy that addresses issues relevant to promote inter-modalism including institutional fragmentation, intermodal regulation, intermodal connectors and measuring transport system performance.
- We shall target the rehabilitation and development of up to 5,000 Km of roads across the nation by 2025.
- Develop agricultural collection and distribution hubs (Jebba Lafia; Makurdi, Lokoja, Pategi/Baro, Shendam, Jalingo).
- Encourage clustering of industrial activities in zones around Enugu, Oshogbo, Onne, Benin, Suleja, Zaria, Calabar, Maiduguri, Gombe, Sokoto, Gusau and Jos.
- - FGN to assist the private sector by funding 50% of the cost of the primary infrastructure in the industrial zones. FGN shall ensure availability of power in the industrial zones.
- Extend the Ajaokuta-Warri- Itakpe axis to Abuja so that Warri shall over the long term become the port servicing Abuja.
- Develop the Lagos – Abuja rail network on the standard gauge system.
- Improve freight-based rail efficiency and achieve accelerated construction of up to 5,000 Km of modern railway lines.
- Set up the National Railway Development Agency.
- Intensify rural electrification projects to ensure electricity access to over 80 million Nigerians currently without access to grid electricity.
- Our investment commitment shall exceed US$5 billion annually to ensure that all generation plants operate at capacity and their output effectively transmitted and distributed.
- Government will take responsibility for its share of the industry burden and will settle this liability with creative instruments such as Regulatory Asset Instrument (RAI).
- National Priority Programme will ensure the completion of the power plants, distribution and transmission infrastructure currently under construction.
- We shall initiate and implement an emergency power programme (EPPs) that can deliver additional capacity in key urban areas (Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Onitsha; Kano).
- Implement a four-year plan for the digitization of major government operations such as procurement to achieve transparency and reduce leakages.
- Our goal is to deliver up to 1 (one) million housing units, for low and medium income families across the country through Public Private Partnership ventures.
- By 2025, we shall reduce the housing deficit to less than 10 million houses from the current figure.
- Review of the Land Use Act and the passage of a revised Land Use Act.
- The capital base of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria shall be increased from N5 billion to N500 billion.
- Prioritize investment in nameplate capacity and ensure that Nigeria starts to refine 50% of its current crude oil output of 2 million bpd by 2025.
Financial Sector Services
- Prioritize investment in nameplate capacity and ensure that Nigeria starts to refine 50% of its current crude oil output of 2 million bpd by 2025.
- We shall ensure early presentation of budget estimates to the National Assembly (at the latest in July of each year).
- We shall ensure that by 2025 tax/GDP ratio is increased to 20%.
- Drastically reduce the share of recurrent revenue in the budget from 70% to 35% by 2025.
- Create a dedicated Office of Management & Budget within the Presidency.
- Quarterly appraisals and communicating the status of the annual budgets.
- Separate the office of the Accountant General of the Federation from that of the Accountant General of the Federal Government.
Development of Human Capital
- By 2025, Nigeria's HDI score will be at least 0.70 which will classify the country as Medium-income country.
- Design and implement special interventions to support the marginalized and vulnerable groups.
- The establishment of a National Research and Innovation Fund.
- Committing 25% of the budget to education and 15% to health under a collaborative process and within the 3G partnership.
- With regards to gender disparities in education, we shall design and implement robust interventions, including but not limited to conditional cash transfers, to assist in: supporting the adolescent girls in school- and their caregivers.
- By 2024, responsibility for funding and control of public primary education shall be transferred to the local governments. Senior secondary and tertiary education, provided through universities, polytechnics, mono-technics, and Colleges of Education (CoEs) will be under the jurisdiction of State governments.
- Under the proposed arrangements, the state governments will assume responsibility for all the federal unity schools, and Federal Ministry of Education-owned and funded universities, polytechnics, technical colleges, and the CoEs located in the irrespective areas.
- The central government shall also own and develop one university in each geo-political zone as Centres of Excellence.
- Increase primary school enrolment from 60% to 90% and the graduation rate from 63% to 82% by 2027. We shall also increase secondary school enrolment from 47% to 80% and the graduation rate from 56% to 75% by 2027.
- Award scholarships and grants to girls and young people in disadvantaged areas, for instance remote rural villages that would otherwise be unable to afford modern education.
- Working with states to advance and motivate a realistic primary health care service delivery plan that ensures that at least, 65% of Nigerians have access to a defined basic Primary Health Care (PHC) and services package by 2024.
- Take the health services to the people via mobile health care delivery schemes e.g. the India and Australian Bush doctors.
- Establish and enforce the country's first healthcare quality and standards commission.
- Engaging the private sector to develop at least two world-class, multispecialty tertiary centres of excellence in the country in Lagos and Abuja.
- Providing Tax breaks for private sector medical alliances-based insurance schemes.
- Strengthen healthcare system by sustaining and maximizing the use of e-health to eliminate obstacles to faster health delivery.
- Institutionalize health screening programs for preventable diseases like cancer.
- - Establish a reliable and sustainable system for drugs and medical consumables and equipment.
- Introduce tele-medicine.
Youth and Women Empowerment
- Provide microfinance and financing schemes specifically targeted at the youth and women.
- Create a special tribunal for crimes against women including domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, rape.
- Increase the number of appointments made to young people in government and in government committees by identifying competent and capable youth - under 40 - and promote them into responsible positions such as ministerial, ambassadorial and executive.
Sports, Culture and Tourism, Art, Entertainment and Creative Industry
- Upgrade six sporting centres.
- Promote local traditional festivals, so as to revive the culture and traditions of our people.
- Encourage intervention fund and increase budget support for culture and tourism.
- Creating intervention schemes focused on offering subsidy to the creative arts industry.
- Ratifying the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production, or any similar convention.
- Reforming the Nigerian Copy Rights Commission (NCRC).
- - Creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the promotion of the Nollywood industry.
- Genuine implementation of the Niger-Delta Master Plan.
- Relocating the Niger Delta Ministry from Abuja to the region.
- Establish and operationalize the North East Commission for Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Development.
- Development of Joint Border Control Masterplan that integrates the activities of all border and security agencies.
- Create intervention funds in the health institutions rendering care across the region.
- Full implementation of the “Fair Chance Equal Opportunities” program with all school children up to the age of 16 in the region.
- Granting Conditional Cash Transfer to parents that allow their children to stay in school.
Governance (Restructuring the Polity)
- Reduce the size of government and make it leaner and more efficient in service delivery.
- - Decongest the exclusive and the concurrent list in the constitution. Such social and welfare issues like education, agriculture, health, etc. will be devolved to the states and local governments with the central government retaining the sole powers of quality assurance, policy standardization and implementation.
- 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.
- We shall design special intervention programmes in support of states and LGAs that rank below the average development index, until such a time as they are able to become self-sufficient and sustaining.
- - We are committed to the introduction of matching grants to states that succeed in increasing their internally generated revenue. The Federal Government will match State's IGR up to $250 million per State.
Anti-Corruption and the Rule of Law
- Improving the control and management of international borders by creating and training specialized units and border police to combat the illegal transfer of ill-gotten assets and properties.
- Launch a comprehensive National Anti-corruption Strategy that is based on the rule of law, separation of powers, neutrality and nonpartisanship to reposition and refocus all our Anti-corruption and Law Enforcement Agencies within the first 100 days in office.
- Take steps to ensure that sensitive and critical legislations or amendments relating to whistle blower, witness protection, electronic evidence, cybercrime, and assets forfeiture are expeditiously passed within the first 100 days in office.
- National Procurement Council will be inaugurated 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 as observers within the first 100days in office.
- - Launch a comprehensive “Open governance Partnership Framework” that ensures the involvement of Community Based Organization (CBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Media in monitoring the federal government budget process, within the first 100 days in office.
- Set up an inter-ministerial task team and enforcement team for the review and immediate implementation of the recommendations contained in the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency International Reports from inception to date within the first 100 days in office.
- Creating special tribunals to try corruption cases sent to it by the relevant anticorruption agency of the Government.
- Ensure that there is a separation of the Office of the Attorney- General for the Federation and Minister of Justice.
- Inaugurate a Presidential Data Integration Committee for improving the functionality and integration of all the country's national data bases within the first 100 days in office.
- Undertake a comprehensive review and increase of salaries of all public officers within the federal services, law enforcement and armed forces.
- Ensure that anti-corruption transparency monitoring units (ACTUs) are established in all MDAs, including all educational institutions.
- Make subjects like civic education compulsory in the curricula of our schools.
- Conduct the next national population census as the basis for further development planning and as part of vital security registration in the country.
- Establishing a unified, centralized and coordinated Vital Registration and Security database.
- Returning IDPs back to their homes and schools. Rebuilding damaged infrastructure.
- Re-activating the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs.
- Convening of an All-Nigerian Conference on Foreign Policy to promote national consensus on our national interest to guide foreign policy.
- Creating a Foreign Service Commission (FSC), separate from the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC).
- Focus on export potentials from agricultural products, energy, minerals, ores and metals, all of which we have in abundance but mostly unexploited.
- Pursue the completion of the Lagos-Abidjan highway project to support the ECOWAS regional integration agenda.
- Respect the integrity of ECOWAS Treaty as an international instrument.
- Ensure that Nigeria meets the SDGs (UN Agenda 2030).
- - Renaming the Office of Diaspora Affairs to “Office of Diaspora Professional Investments” (ODPI).