*Lists Functional Electricity, Youths Empowerment As Top Priority
Vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has unfolded plans by his party, stating that the priority of APC would be to fix the problem of electricity in Nigeria immediately after forming the government.
He said the priority of the APC revolves round finding a permanent solution to the problem of uninterrupted power supply through complete privatisation of generation and transmission of power; promotion of economic activities through the setting up of industries and revamping of moribund industries across the country.
Doing so, he said would open the economic space of Nigeria for the ordinary citizens with intent to make the teeming youth in the engaged fully in the productive sector, while reducing the pressure on government.
He said the blue print contains plans for a social security scheme for the elderly and disabled in Nigeria.
He disclosed also that the APC-led federal government will provide 720,000 jobs in its first year, if elected come February 14.
Osinbajo disclosed this on Thursday in Benin City when he met with the people of Edo State across political divides, where he articulated the position of the APC in its quest to effect changes in the social and economic lives of Nigerians.
Addressing the mammoth crowd at Imaguero College Hall, he said, “for the first time in the history of Africa, we are introducing a social security scheme. It means the elderly who are poor and the disabled would be given stipends.
“Now, the reason why that is important is because our country has continued to be one of the poorest 35 countries in the world, despite our resources. We have 110 million people who are extremely poor, so we need to lift people out of poverty.
“As a first term relief, the APC intends that state governments will, with the backing of the federal government that has 52% of the revenue control, employ 20,000 young persons per state, acting as emergency relief.”
“If we do not tackle that emergency, we will run into trouble because as you can see, there is a lot of youth restlessness. You will notice that unless we do something about this, we will be in great trouble,” he added.
He said, “an APC-led federal government will give serious attention to agriculture as a way of accelerating employment opportunities in the country.”