APC unfolds manifesto, targets 40,000MW

The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday in Abuja  unfolded a seven-point  cardinal programme that would ensure that electricity generation hit 40,000 megawatts within four to eight years of its leadership.

The  party, in a 31-page manifesto, which was presented to Nigerians  listed the   other components of the cardinal programme as war against corruption, food security,   integrated transport network and free education.

Others are devolution of power, accelerated economic growth and affordable health care.

According to the party, the programme  will transform Nigeria into a progressive state anchored on social democracy.

“Our government shall vigorously pursue the expansion of electricity generation and distribution of up to 40,000 megawatts in four to eight years,”  the APC   said.

Last Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on Power put the nation’s power generation at 3,311.40MW.

But the APC said it would also   work at making power available from renewable energy sources such as coal, solar and wind.

The party   said, “The country can only succeed when all of us have equal rights, where no one is above the law;  where the culture of impunity is abolished and where there is a level playing field.”

It  stated  that as a change agent, it would “halt the dangerous drift of Nigeria into a failed state; with a conscious plan for a post-oil-economy.”

The party stated that it would restructure the country and devolve powers to the units with the best practices of federalism.

It said that its government would muster the political will to wage a stringent war against corruption. The party warned that without successfully waging war against corruption, Nigeria’s post-oil-economy would be disastrous.

Explaining its agenda on agriculture, the APC noted that Nigeria, which used to be a leading exporter of agricultural produce, had become import  dependent.

It stated, “APC will embark on a massive and progressive re-organisation and revolution of the agricultural industry.”

The  party  also  stated   it would embark on a national infrastructural development programme through a private-public sector partnership.

According to the party, through this, it would construct 4,000 kilometres of “supper highways.”

It said that it would revatilse the railway system through  the modernisation  and rehabilitation of tracks.

The party added that it would build 200 kilometres  of standard railway lines annually an  carry out a thorough review of the  education sector.

It said that it would allocate up to 10 per cent of the country’s annual budget to the education sector.

The party promised to re-introduce technical and vocational education and review the 6-3-3-4 system.

In the health sector, the APC said that it would  work to reduce infant mortality rate by 2019 to three per cent and reduce maternal mortality by more than 70 per cent.

The APC said that it would make free ante-natal care for pregnant women and provide free health care for babies and children up to school going age.

According to the party, the aged and people living with HIV/AIDS would also enjoy free health care.

On industrialisation, the APC said that it would conduct a state by state census of ailing industries.

This, it explained, would enable it to establish an industrial resuscitation fund.

The party added that it would create new development banks that would make affordable credits available for industrial growth.

On job creation, the APC said that it would maintain “a sound macro-economic policy environment, run an efficient government and preserve the independence of the Central Bank of  Nigeria.”

The party said that it would make  the  economy one of the fastest growing economies by achieving a real GDP growth of 10 per cent annually.

The APC also promised to amend the  1999 Constitution and the Land Use Act “to create freehold/leasehold interest in land matching grants.”

The Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, had before the unveiling of the manifesto, said that    Nigeria and its citizens were   “in a state of near permanent trauma.”

He  noted that Nigeria had  for many years  been confronted with multi-dimensional challenges, including socio-economic crises.

“The result is that the nation and its citizenry continue to exist in a state of near permanent trauma,” he said.

Akande stated that in over 50 years of its independence,Nigeria had suffered seven  coups, which resulted in 28 years of military rule.

Akande said, “Trapped in a vicious cycle of political crises, social upheavals and economic under-development, Nigeria has become, not only one of the most unstable countries in the world, it is also, regrettably, one of the poorest despite its huge human and material resources.”

He said  the APC would confront the challenges facing the country. The challenges, according to him, can be  grouped into seven.

They include  national unity and integration;  perennial threats to security, law and order; and   ensuring rapid economic growth with equity people-centered economic management. Others are consolidating Nigeria’s emerging democratic tradition;  human development; and instituting a sustainable management of the environment.

Akande stated, “The philosophy underpinning the coming into being of the APC therefore is the determination to bring the country back from the brink of collapse, despair, and possible disintegration; reposition it decisively on the route to emerging into a modern stable democratic nation, with a productive economy that is based on equity and justice for all citizens.”

He said  the party would harness the abundant energies, enterprise and intellect of all Nigerians to move the country forward.

The interim chairman said, “We believe that at the core of the paralysing challenges confronting Nigeria today is the failure of governance which is manifested in the continuing inability of the Nigerian state.”

According to him, Nigeria should assume its proper place in world affairs commensurate with its size and status as the leading black nation in the world.

Akande added, “To the APC therefore, the objective of governance is the single-minded and unrelenting efforts to confront these challenges and the eventual materialisation of a united, peaceful and democratic nation, with a productive and constantly growing economy; which provides significant opportunities for all its citizens.”

“A large part of the APC’s agenda in particular will centre on the Nigerian youth.”

The Peoples Democratic Party however faulted a claim by Akande that Nigeria was in near trauma.

It said Nigeria’s economy was growing consistently, stressing that the Gross Domestic Product had also been rising at seven per cent for the past three years.

“The Nigerian economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In Asia, Europe and even America, the economy is either in recession or growing at one per cent, but our GDP has been growing at seven per cent for the past three years; anybody who does not know this is either not in this country or he is mischievous,” the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Tony Okeke said.

Souce: Punch

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