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LET'S GET NIGERIA WORKING AGAIN POLICY STATEMENT BY NNANA ONYEMAECHI FRANCIS, DELTA STATE

Our great nation has been bedeviled by insecurity and economic downturn, made worse by porous borders.

Light and heavy weapons are illegally shipped into the country without interception. On the other hand, local investors are driven out of business given the influx of foreign goods.


Overall, to address the ugly menace of insecurity in the country, Atiku Abubakar will:

1) Create National Border Towers (NBTs) to provide security surveillance on our borders.

2) Improve online border monitoring centres to bridge the gap of border intelligence gathering.

3) Ensure that the arms of our national security forces are mightier so that no potential aggressor would be willing to risk its own destruction.

4) Pursue a policy of equal and even development across the six Geo-political zones of our nation in order to address the agitations emerging from these regions.

5) Advocate for capital punishment for arms dealers proven guilty beyond every reasonable doubt.

6) Sponsor an Executive Bill to be passed into law the award of scholarships to the first child of every serving Nigerian soldier, to the level of tertiary education.

7) Consult and possibly establish, through law, a special anti-graft agency to mop up corruption in the Nigerian military.

On economy, Atiku Abubakar will:

1) Stop the smuggling of certain goods that can be produced locally in order to create markets for local investors.

2) Ensure that local investors get the needed support to produce goods that are globally competitive and are exportable paving the way for the diversification of our national economy.

3) Implement a policy of import subsidy for heavy and industrial machines to boost local production.

4) Declare zero duty rate on imported heavy and industrial machines in his first term in office.

5) Build national industrial estates across the six Geo-political regions to house at least 50 SMEs in each zone in pursuance of his policy of equal and even economic development.

6) Atiku Abubakar will not embark on a waste of our national resources through unsustainable social intervention programmes such as Trader Moni, N-Power but rather would pursue sustainable industrialization initiatives in order to revive our bartered economy.

On health, Atiku will;

1) Initiate and implement the national health auditing policy to improve health documentation, manpower and equipment.

2) Establish a consolidated interest free loan scheme for healthcare providers in order to improve patients’ access to improved healthcare services.

3) Initiative a sustainable strategy for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the health system.

On education, Atiku will;

1) Introduce Business Education as core subject for post-primary institutions across the country.

2) Reinvigorate the Institutes of Vocational Business Education to build a flock of skilled business-oriented individuals to drive the economy.

3) Support the various states of the federation to train and retrain teachers in order to improve the quality of learning in the nation.

4) Seek an end to ASUU agitations that continue to halt the smooth learning processes across the nation by implementing every agreements reached with them by the Atiku Administration and/or past administrations.

On Agriculture, Atiku will;

1) Pursue a policy of National Grains Revolution for Export (NGRE) through a concerted effort of mechanized farming and improved access to funding and land.

2) Pursue a 500% growth rate in the production of wheat across the states of the federation in order to crash the price of flour and provide food for ordinary Nigerians.

3) Energize interested agro-allied industries to be involved directly in crop production especially grains.

4) Establish the National Agro-machines Lease and Refurbishment Centres (NALRC) in the six Geo-political regions of Nigeria to boost food production.

5) Empower the various agricultural research institutes across the nation to be involved in food production.

On Foreign policy, Atiku will;

1) Resuscitate Nigeria's pride as the giant of Africa by intervening, at critical times, on issues affecting African States in consonance with AU and ECOWAS treaties.

2) Lay a marker for Africa's self-determination objective through production; and to be united  trade and commerce.

3) Explicate and maintain ties with Nation-states who think a more equal and balanced relationship with Nigeria.

4) Ameliorate relationship with countries that would support Nigeria's steel and armament drive.

5) Retool the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria through diplomatic efforts in order to sustain his administration armament drive.

Disclaimer

This document is a set of policy proposal to H. E. Atiku Abubakar by Nnana Onyemaechi Francis on #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain. It is not an official working paper of Mr Atiku Abubakar or the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
Francis could be reached on newsjara13@gmail.com or 08038306530.

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