Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar Presidential Candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

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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.

The Covenant

  • 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 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..

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.

Education

  • 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.

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.

The Environment

  • 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.

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.

International Relations

  • 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).

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.

Infrastructural 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.

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.

Health

  • 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.

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.

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.

National Security

  • 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.