BUHARI CAMPAIGN PROMISES: AT THE START OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS IN PORT HARCOURT

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BUHARI CAMPAIGN PROMISES: AT THE START OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS IN PORT HARCOURT

Corruption and Governance

No matter how vast our resources, if they are not efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged few, leaving the majority in poverty. I believe if Nigeria does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria.

I pledge to:

  • Publicly declare my assets and liabilities and encourage my political appointees to also publicly declare their assets and liabilities.
  • Affirm that our strategy for tackling corruption will not only focus on punishment. Rather, it will also provide incentives for disclosure and transparency.
  • Show personal leadership in the war against corruption and also hold all the people who work with me to account.
  • Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act so that the Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.
  • Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).
  • Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.
  • Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials.
  • Make the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an autonomous and operational agency.
  • Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Ensure all MDAs regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
  • Work with the leadership of the National Assembly to cut down the cost of governance.
  • Present a national anti-corruption Strategy.

Access to Justice and Respect for Fundamental Human Rights
One of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria is building a country that is fair to all of its citizens; a country in which all individuals feel and know that they are valued members of society with constitutionally guaranteed rights; a country that respects human dignity, promotes human development, fosters human equality and advances human freedom.

I pledge to:

  • Lead a government founded on values that promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms. I will promote the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, affirm separation of the powers of government and support an independent judiciary.
  • Present a detailed strategy for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in our Constitution. There will be emphasis on the rights of vulnerable persons including women, children and persons living with disabilities as well as access to justice and prisons reforms.

Insurgency and Insecurity
I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the military up to the highest level, as a Major General and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the course of my service, I had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary or civilians.

I pledge to:

  • Ensure that under my watch, no force, external or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families.
  • Deliver a Marshal Plan on insurgency, terrorism, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping, rural banditry and ensure that never again will Nigerian children be slaughtered or kidnapped at will.
  • Boost the morale of our fighting forces and the generality of Nigerians by leading from the front as the Commander-in-Chief and not hide in the comfort and security of Aso Rock.
  • Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and all other security personnel and their families, including State-guaranteed life insurance for all officers and men as well as protect the families of our fallen heroes.
  • Ensure that acts of heroism and valour in the service to the nation are publicly recognized and celebrated.
  • Establish close working relationship with governors of the states affected by insurgency, with leaders of our neighbouring countries and with leaders around the world to cooperate in combating insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.
  • Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional roles in a transparent and accountable way.
  • Fight for you, and alongside you. We will fight together to defeat terrorism. But I will be honest with you about our challenges and I will bear the responsibilities of my charge. I will not lie to you or exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be thoroughly transparent in every step of our daily struggle and together we will win the war.

Niger Delta

  • In many years of oil exploration, the Niger Delta has become perhaps, the world’s worst eco-system, a byword for environmental degradation, exploitation and diseases. I believe that protecting the livelihood of our people in the Niger Delta should transcend our interest its oil.

I pledge to:

  • Commit myself and my administration to the protection and regeneration of the environment in the Niger Delta and to ensure that oil companies comply with global best practices on environmental protection.
  • Sustain and streamline the human capital development in the Niger Delta, especially focusing on youth and women.
  • Reform investment in infrastructural development of the Niger Delta and ensure that the NDDC is held accountable to its mandate.

Diversity
Nigeria’s greatest asset is her people. My commitment is to invest in our people and ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their full potentials and enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship, regardless of their religion, region, ethnicity, gender or disability.

I pledge to:

  • Continually acknowledge our diversity and consciously promote equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.
  • Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.
  • Work with the National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.

Health
We must give real meaning to the old saying that Health is Wealth. We must take all possible measures to ensure that our people stay healthy, but we must also ensure that when they fall ill, they can get help. Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many people do not get any treatment. For those who do get treated, all too often, the care they receive is poor. Far too many die from easily treatable diseases and what should be routine treatment often end in death. Furthermore, Nigeria is set to miss our MDG targets. The statistics speak for themselves.

I pledge to:

  • Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure efficient and effective management of our health systems with focus on prevention.
  • Ensure that no Nigerian will have any reason to go outside the country for medical treatment.
  • Guarantee financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all.
  • Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.
  • Partner with State Governments and development partners to ensure all-round implementation of our primary health plans by expanding access to health insurance for rural communities.

Education
I believe that our education system must prepare our children for the responsibilities of citizenship and prepare our youths to contribute to the development of our country. Therefore, I shall focus on restoring the lost glory of our education by implementing reforms that will bring quality back into our schools and position our universities and polytechnics to provide market-relevant skills to our youths.

I pledge to:

  • Embark on a program of mass mobilisation to ensure that all children of school age, no matter where they may reside in our country, and no matter the social conditions of their parents, are in school. Working in co-operation with the State Governments, we shall make the required investments in infrastructure, learning materials, nutrition and children healthcare. To this end, UBEC Fund will be reviewed to ensure greater efficiency in utilization.
  • Provide on-the-job retraining opportunities for existing teachers at both the basic and secondary levels while providing the right incentives to keep teachers in the classrooms and attract bright young men and women to take up career in teaching.
  • Work with other levels of government and through relevant government agencies to allocate resources to schools while strengthening community participation in school management.
  • Implement a comprehensive review of the goal and content of our secondary education to ensure that it also serves the purpose of skills acquisition and fits purpose.
  • Set up Colleges of Skills and Enterprise to replace the old technical colleges. This will be done with direct participation from relevant industry and professional groups in the private sector. Based on local market demands, each of the colleges will focus on high job demand sectors of the economy such as agriculture, ICT, telecommunications, entertainment, construction, oil and gas and sports.
  • Establish special purpose fund for a Secondary School level education.
  • Improve the competitiveness of our universities and polytechnics and position them at the heart of the national productivity, innovation and enterprise.
  • Pursue a policy of non-discrimination between the universities and the polytechnics.

Agriculture
Oil has served our country, but it has also excluded majority of Nigerians from the mainstream of our economy. I am convinced that our guarantee for inclusive growth is agriculture.

I pledge to:

  • Make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital to the sector.
  • Actively promote a well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.
  • Establish agricultural produce storage, pricing and marketing systems to ensure real commercial value and minimize waste.
  • Work with State Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive agricultural land development and mechanization.
  • Revamp, revitalize and improve on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system.
  • Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce.
  • Revamp the key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations
  • Liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers
  • Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improve stakes for smallholder farmers.
  • Develop a system of small-scale irrigation systems to ensure all-year round farming.
  • Revamping key agriculture research institutions and deliver their outputs through effective network of extension services.

Management of the Economy for Shared Prosperity
All Nigerians deserve to benefit from our collective wealth. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of wealth we create, it would be meaningless unless it benefits the majority of our people.

Power
Our failure to ensure a stable supply of electricity has been an impediment to economic growth, productivity and national security.

I pledge to:

  • Address the gaps in power sector privatization to ensure it serves the needs of our people.
  • Explore and develop alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants, wind, coal and solar and other forms of renewable energy to ensure efficient and affordable power supply.
  • Invest in technical skills development for efficient management of energy resources.

 Sports and Culture
Sports and culture are important instruments for social cohesion, national integration and promotion of positive national image. They also provide a strong platform for youth development and the expression of our abundant creative talents.

I pledge to:

  • Invest and encourage investments in both small and large-scale sports facilities to enable mass participation in sports.
  • Ensure that participation in sports become a core component of our education at all levels.
  • Activate incentives for the private sector to invest in the development of high performance sports.

 Culture
I pledge to:

  • Support real investments in the entertainment, arts and creative industries.
  • Strengthen the regulatory framework to protect and preserve our culture and creative industry and prevent it from the scourge of piracy.
  • Develop and strengthen the value link-chain of the culture industry to deepen the industry and provide jobs.

Other Election Promises made at Campaign Forums by Gen Buhari

  • I’ll Do Everything To Defeat Boko Haram, Buhari Says
  • I’ll Make Naira Equal In Value To Dollar – Says General Buhari
  • To Include Gender As A Component Of The Federal Character.
  • Committed To Merit Based Affirmative Actions
  • Implementation Of The 2005 National Gender Policy
  • Ensuring That Gender Is Mainstreamed Throughout All The Government’s Commitment
  • Housing Scheme: 4 million new home owners by 2019 by enacting national mortgage single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.
  • National Identification Scheme for Data Base: Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data (to register 176mil Nigerians
  • Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme: Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019
  • Buhari Promises to run Market-based Economy if Elected as President: He made the promise in a statement released by the APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) ahead of his town hall meeting in Enugu on Monday. Buhari said the market-based economy he is promising would be operated with clear, unambiguous regulatory framework, effective enforcement mechanism and zero tolerance for corruption. According to him, the APC-led government “will insist on and cut out wastages and run a clean and efficient administration in order to have funds available for capital and development projects that will assure prosperity for all Nigerians.
  • Buhari: We’ll Deliver 20,000mw In Four Years
  • Buhari Pledges To Revive Ajaokuta Steel Company
  • Buhari Promises Igbo Youths One Million Jobs: Buhari promises Igbo youths one million jobs – The presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), has promised to create one million jobs for Igbo youths by revamping huge coal deposits in Enugu State for generation of electricity and export
  • Youth Empowerment: Create 740,000 (20,000 per state + FCT) jobs within first one year.
  • Infrastructural Development Programme: We will embark on National Infrastructural Development programme as public private partnership that will (a) ensure 5,000km of superhighway including service trunks and (b) building of up to 6,800 km of modern railway completed by 2019; (c) building commercial airport in all the 36 states.
  • Electricity: I will generate, transmit and distribute electricity on a 24/7 basis whilst simultaneously ensuring the development of sustainable/renewable energy, by 2019.
  • Empowerment: I will make direct cash transfer of NGN 5,000 to the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens, if they immunize children and enrol them in school.
  • Constitution Amendments: Initiate action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true Federalism and the Federal spirit;
  • To Stop Abuse of Power: Prevent the abuse and misuse of Executive, Legislative and Public offices, through greater accountability, transparency, strict, and implementable anti-corruption laws, through strengthening and sanitising the EFCC and ICPC as independent entities. Amend the Constitution to remove immunity prosecution for elected officers in criminal cases.
  • Security and Conflict Resolution: Urgently address capacity building mechanisms of law enforcement agents in terms of quantity and quality as this is critical in safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property; Establish a well trained, adequately equipped and goals driven Serious Crime Squad to combat insurgencies, kidnapping etc.
  • Foreign policy: Make regional integration a priority within ECOWAS including free trade with a view to ensuring that common tariff currency are in use by the end of my term in office, under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership, base on the size of its market force; Maintain a strong, close and frank relationship within the Gulf of Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world. Establish a special relationship with the leading emerging markets like Brazil; Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world.

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