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Many presidential promises of Fela Durotoye and Omoyele Sowore (Part 2)
The 2019 presidential election has produced many candidates vying for the position of the number one citizen in Nigeria. And each of them is full of promises to change the lives of Nigerians within four years. Here are some of their many promises:
Adetokunbo Olufela (Oluwafeolami) Durotoye is a business consultant, leadership expert and motivational speaker. He is the president of the GEMSTONE Nation Builders Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization. The aspirant made these promises contained in his BluePrint Policy on Democracy day, May 27, 2018.
We will degrade Boko Haram
We will degrade and dismantle Boko Haram insurgency in completely. And ensure that every single one of the internally displaced persons is returned to their homes or are reabsorbed into reconstructed communities and safe cities.
We will engage in dialogue with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and DE-list the IPOB group from the national terrorist group in the southern part of the country. We will provide support for community and state policing. “Offices and officers of the law that infringe or violate human rights will be made to apologise to the offended, and we will equally let the law run its course.” He promises.
There will be zero tolerance for corruption and non- performance. We must ensure merit appointments and promotions within the security forces. “There will be no diversion of military funds for any political use.”
We will seek to find a way to provide free education for primary and secondary students in public schools “free education is not just a luxury, it is a necessity.”
We will create an accountability framework that would hold our administration accountable.
Infrastructure must work.
“We must first ensure free health care for children between 0-5 years old and the aged from 65 years and above”. We must make sure that we have mandatory Universal Healthcare Insurance for every Nigerian. To diminish to a minimum health care and maternal mortality by 2023.
We must make sure to set up six regional healthcare cities and provide tertiary and specialist healthcare and act as medical tourism destinations for the West African sub-region.
We must prioritise the rehabilitation and construction of roads across all Nigeria federation. We will improve rural to urban transport system by developing a pan-Nigerian rail system that ‘works’.
We will embark on the first aid construction on all roads within the first year of the administration.
We will commence the operation shelter in Nigeria and create a national housing policy.
“A national housing policy that will enable the development of affordable housing for first-time buyers. We will kick-off this policy with private developers will enjoy tax credit incentives and reduce land approval cost in exchange for selling at less than 40 per cent of average market price within the first year of our administration”. He said.
We will create World-class national housing and building standards. Builders who adopt these models will have fast track housing permit and tax incentives.
We will provide more jobs
Within the first 100 days of our administration, we will create a national job database that will connect employers with job seekers.
At the end of the Fela Durutoye administration, we should at least create 12million job for young people.
In governance, the Fela Durutoye administration promises that-
We will help and promote the creation of state judiciary council in all the federating unit as well as the establishment of state courts of appeal to ensure that state appoints their own judges and have control over the payment of their own judicial officers.
We will embark on operation feed Nigeria project. “In so doing, we will launch 36 agricultural hubs in Nigeria.” Durutoye avowed to.
The average age of the cabinet members must not exceed 49 years old at the time of appointments. Ministers of state in the cabinet will not exceed 39 years old on the average.
There will be gender disparity. A 50 – 50 representation of males and female minister and members of the cabinet.
There will be a creation of a presidential advisory council that will not be on the payroll of the government. “These council will be made up of already accomplished people, whose job will be to advise the president and make contributions on national matters.”
We ensure that we have technological savvy ministers “ministers that should be able to leverage technology within their ministry and the presidency.” He said.
Economically we promise that in the new Nigeria-
We will commence the implementation and start-up action plans to support start-ups across the federation through a start-up intervention fund that is domiciled with the Bank of Industry (BIO).
We will establish special economic zones, investment promotion agencies and create export credit agencies as well as export promotion agencies in the six geopolitical zones across Nigeria.
With the help of state governors and local government chairmen, will establish economic zones in the 774 local governments in Nigeria. “We will appoint the best Central Bank Governor who will be committed to the success of every Nigerian “we will support every entrepreneur,” he said. To every business person out there. I am committed to helping you, this is not a political strategy that is just there to win an election. It is my lifelong passion,” the aspirant said.
The founder of the online media platform Sahara Reporters Sowore Omoyele is confident of winning the 2019 election. He recently shared his 8-point plans for Nigeria during a Channel TV programme, Politics Today.
To bring PDP and APC to book
“When we come to power in 2019, we will take the APC list and the PDP list and go figure it out at the EFCC.” I will be decisive in dealing with this cancer that has ravaged the Nigerian nation. He said in an interview with Premium Times.
We will employ people in the technological innovation industry
“We are not even talking about NNPC, because oil is a lazy economy. As soon as we are voted into office, we have a plan to employ over 5million Nigerians, on the minimum” Sowore said.
A state of emergency on education
“We will declare a state of emergency on education. We will not increase school fees for higher education. “We will not make life difficult for students.”
We want to create a police force where you can scan the badge of the police officer to be sure he is a real police officer.
We will light up this country
We want to lead a Nigeria where there are at least 24 hours of electricity 7 days a week. By the way of solar energy, that will generate 4500 megawatts of electricity through solar energy alone, we intend to provide over 2million jobs.
N100,000.00 payment to youth corp members
We are going to pay Youth Corp members the same amount of minimum wage of workers. Every Youth Corp member in this country will get the minimum wage of N100, 000.00 per person.
We will increase workers salary by N 100, 000.00.”That is a starting salary for us.” he said.
on infrastructural matters Sowore says-
“We will dualise major carriageways in the six geopolitical zones.
We will have a universal health care system. Anybody can have access to a doctor no matter what, every Nigerian will have access to a doctor.
We want to create a Nigeria that becomes a digital hub of Africa where the technology that is driving the entire African region or Sub -Sahara Africa is emanating from Nigeria. The aspirant said.
Sowore, equally said that he will relinquish control of his media outfit during his time in office. I will be turning over all my assets to a blind trust that will run it. Sahara Reporters will continue to be run by independent-minded citizen activists. Sowore said.