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President Muhammadu Buhari has launched his campaign for the 2019 presidential election on Sunday, November 18, and promised to do 5 things if re-elected as president of Nigeria.
The theme of his re-election was tagged ‘Next Level’. During the event to kick-start his move to secure a second term as president, he unveiled his plan as well as achievements in the last three and half years.
These are the five new promises of President Buhari if re-elected for a second term in office.
1. 15 million new jobs
President Buhari promised to create 15 million new jobs by expanding the N-Power programme to cover technology and creative sectors.
“The Next Level of effort focuses on job creation across various sectors. From an enlargement of the N-Power programme to investing in technology and creative sector jobs to agriculture and revolutionising access to credit for entrepreneurs and artisans, there is scope for over 15 million new jobs.”
2. Establish 6 industrial parks, 109 special production and processing centres
Buhari promised to establish industrial parks and give each senatorial district in Nigeria a special production and processing centre.
“With specific plans underway to exploit the comparative advantage of the geopolitical zones and different states by developing 6 Industrial Parks and 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district…”
3. End farmers and herdsmen crisis
Buhari also mentioned that his government would seek efforts to stop the ongoing farmers-herdsmen crisis in middle-belt of the country.
“We believe we can implement the painstaking and comprehensive policy and work we have done to bring an end to the perennial conflict between farmers and herders – a conflict which is heightened by a struggle for land, water and pasture and the effects of climate change and every now and then, opportunistic and cynical manipulation by political actors.”
4. Remodel 10,000 schools every year
He also promised to remodelled – renovated and equipped, 10,000 schools every year across the country. This means 40,000 schools – primary and secondary, would have upgraded to modern standard by 2023.
“…We will remodel 10,000 schools every year and retrain our teachers to impart science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics using coding, animation, robotics to re-interpret our curriculum…”
5. Fight corruption
It is expected that this item would make the list as far as President Buhari and Nigeria are the main subjects.
“Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the gains we have made in closing the gates, we know that there is still much ground to cover to stop systemic corruption. We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man.”