Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), on Tuesday, unveiled his manifesto.
Speaking at an event in Abuja, Kwankwaso said his promises to Nigerians are anchored around his deep commitment to making the country work for all of us and in the overall interest of all Nigerians.
The former Kano governor said if elected, his administration will provide patriotic and competent leadership that is guided by the seven time-tested principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership by example.
“We will be fair and just to all, and we shall ensure fairness and justice at all levels of governance,” he said.
TACKLE INSECURITY THROUGH A SPECIAL APPROACH
Kwankwao said insecurity has contributed to heightened, and increasing despair and hopelessness in Nigeria. He said if elected, his administration will tackle the menace using a “special approach”.
“In our arrangement, we shall use the military and the police optimally to ensure that terrorism, banditry, kidnapping-for-ransom, militancy, insurgency, oil theft and bunkering, communal clashes, and all other forms of security breaches that are making our country unsafe are tackled head-on and brought to a permanent stop,” the manifesto reads.
“The size of the Nigerian Armed Forces will be built to about One million active service men and women. This entails recruiting an additional of about 750 thousand more personnel into the armed forces.
“The size of the Nigerian Police will also be built to about One million active service men and women. This will bring the police-to-citizen ratio to 1:220 (much better than the UN-recommended minimum of 1:450). The numbers can easily be obtained from the pool of able-bodied unemployed youth that are roaming our streets in all the 8,809 wards.
“After the special operation that will bring to an end the menace of terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping for-ransom, banditry, farmers/herders clashes, and any such insurgency threats, bulk of the armed forces and the police will then be redeployed to other productive activities such as: engineering works, healthcare works, housing infrastructure works, agriculture services, and such other public interest works.”
REVAMP THE ECONOMY
He said his administration will run an emergency rescue plan to salvage the economy, protect the citizens’ savings, restore fiscal discipline, and improve crude oil and gas production.
Kwankwao said he would also improve non-oil revenue, target inflation, save the naira from the current “uncontrolled devaluation”, and limit capital flight from the country.
“We shall expand the tax base and the tax net by ensuring that businesses that are actively avoiding and/or evading tax are brought into the tax system. We shall Create the enabling environment where trade, investments and businesses will blossom and manufacturing (re-industrialization) will be the pivot upon which the Nigerian economy will stand,” the document reads.
“The economy will be actively diversified. Aggressive efforts will be made to strengthen the non-oil sectors, hone the potentialities, harness the opportunities and harvest the yields for the good of all Nigerians.”
According to the document, fiscal discipline will be restored by reducing the size of the federal government’s recurrent expenditure to bring down the level of deficit.
Kwankwaso said given the level of the deficit, the capital budgets will be overhauled to improve value for money by prioritising only key infrastructure projects that will have positive impact on production and competitiveness.
CREATION OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES
He said jobs will be created at multiple levels through the economic revamping strategy as well as through constructive engagement with the youth by honing their skill sets and providing them with the necessary support.
“More and more jobs will be created through targeted investments, special accelerated projects and programmes,” the document reads.
The Kwankwaso administration aims to prevent corruption by running a transparent and open government, using the “latest advanced technologies to capture, analyse, and share data to prevent, detect, and deter corrupt behaviour; expose corrupt activities and risks that may otherwise remain hidden”.
Another agenda in the manifesto is to keep the public sector honest, transparent and accountable, as well as ensure that public sector employees act in the public interest.
FREE WAEC, NECO, JAMB RESULT TO HAVE FOUR YEARS LIFESPAN
Kwankwaso said his administration will treat education as an investment, not an expenditure.
He said his administration will mop up the 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria in the next four years, and review provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act with emphasis on gender equity in primary and secondary school enrolment.
“For our administration, no Nigerian child shall be denied the opportunity to write WAEC, NECO, JAMB, etc., because of their inability to pay exorbitant registration/examination fees. These examinations shall be free and all application forms for admission into tertiary education institutions (TEIs) shall also be free,” the document said.
“The notion that matriculation examination in Nigeria expires after one year will be stopped forthwith. JAMB results under the RMK government will have a lifespan of four years and TEIs will be required to accept these results for the purposes of admission.”
He said rather than establishing new public tertiary institutions, his administration will focus on upgrading, rehabilitating and expanding the existing ones to the level of global competitiveness.
REFORM HEALTH SECTOR
The Kwankwaso administration aims to reform the health sector to ensure professional accountability, quality of service, and professionalism.
He said access to medical education will be expanded while more professional personnel will be trained to serve communities.
He also said in conjunction with states and local government councils, free natal and maternity healthcare services will be provided for families.
“In conjunction with other levels of care provisioning, our administration shall coordinate the provision of mobile clinics to access under-served communities across the country,” he said.
ENSURE FOOD SECURITY
The Kwankwaso administration also pledged to revolutionise farming practices by investing in technology, training, and extension work “with the objective of attaining national food security as well as capturing a substantial market share of food in the African continent”.
“We pledge to ensure the deployment of global best practices in establishment and management of forestry, plantation, animal husbandry, livestock, poultry, and fisheries as well as guarantee an agriculture value chain that protects the farmers, the livestock owners as well as the consumers,” the document reads.