Fela DurotoyeDecember 31, 2018
Alistair SoyodeJanuary 5, 2019
Omoyele Sowore, Presidential Candidate ofAfrican Action Congress (AAC)
Omoyele Sowore was born on February 16, 1971 (age 47). He studied Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos from 1989 to 1995, with his academic program extended by two extra years after being expelled twice for student activism. He was the President of the University of Lagos Student Union Government between 1992 and 1994. Sowore holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. In 1989, he took part in the student demonstrations protesting the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan. Omoyele was also involved in the demand for democratic government to take over military rule in 1993. Sowore started Sahara Reporters in 2006.
Moving Nigeria forward: A manifesto for growth and prosperity
Comrade Omoyole Sowore plan for driving growth and prosperity in Nigeria is stemmed on three strategic pillars;
- Enhancing National Security
- Promoting Sustainable Growth;
- Enabling Self Sufficiency
In the spate of a single term in office, Omoyele Sowore aims to achieve the following;
- Expand economic growth and create 5 million new jobs across various sectors
- Expand Nigeria’s power generation and transmission infrastructure to provide an additional 17,000 MW of energy
- Expand Nigeria’s road and rail infrastructure to unleash productivity and growth
- Enhance health care access for all Nigerians with Universal Basic Health Coverage
- Provide access to affordable housing for 17 million Nigerian Households
- Pay Workers and Youth Corpers a living wage by establishing a Federal Minimum Wage of N100,000
- Urgently address Farmers-herders crisis through ranching and increased policing
- Tackle Boko Haram crisis through serious prosecution of anti-terrorist campaign and economic re-vitalization of northern Nigeria to tackle root causes of the crisis
- Expand power capacity to 24,000MW from current levels of 7000MW
- Expand Nigeria’s energy mix to include solar, wind, biogas and coal
- Decentralize power infrastructure development
- Build 200,000km new roads – doubling Nigeria’s current levels.
- Build 37,000kmof new rail system to connect market and regions.
- Build 17million new homes by providing 20 – 30 mortgage support to Nigerian households
- Build 3.4billion gallons per day of new drinking water and sewage capacity
- Pursue anti-corruption fight with vigor and strengthen speed of prosecutions.
- Strengthen whistle blower policy.
- Push for life ban of convicted corrupt officials from politics.
- Stripped all convicted corrupt officials of national honors.
Economy and Job creation
- Create 5 million new jobs reducing unemployment about 30% from current levels of 18 million.
- 774,000 agricultural sector jobs by training and enabling 1,000 youths entrepreneurs in each of 774 local governments.
- 160,000 new primary healthcare jobs – 200 in each local government.
- 200,000 new teaching jobs for young graduates.
- 250,000 new jobs in commercial ranches linked to resolution of farmer-herdsmen crisis.
- 200,000 new teaching jobs across the country.
- Pay all federal workers a minimum wage of N100k per month – about 600,00 of the almost 900,000 federal workers will be affected.
- Pay all youth corpers a minimum wage of N50/month during the service year.
- Facilitate access to affordable loans for entrepreneurs and business persons
- Creation of a bureau reporting to the presidency to support and advocate for small businesses.
- Promote the growth of world class information technology sector through creation of innovation hubs with preferential access to power, people and enabling policy.
- Create presidential committee to harmonize reports from constitutional conferences held in the last 40 years.
- Support restructuring that a) devolves power to the states and local governments b) allows local units to keep more of the resources generated in their regions c) recognizing the need for community-based policing and law enforcement.
- Placed harmonized positions before the Nigerian people in a referendum.
- Expand primary healthcare resources with 160,000 new personnel across 774 LGAs.
- Expand health insurance scheme coverage to allow minimum N2,000 basic coverage for all Nigerians – allowing access for up to N4,000 healthcare.
- Enhance private public partnership in healthcare delivery at community level.
- 200,000 new teachers at primary and secondary level.
- Increase funding for research and agriculture IT, engineering and sciences.
- Integration of almajiri schools in the north into formal education sector.
- Enforce minimum standard for resources, teacher quality and curriculum standardization across all primary and secondary schools.
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