Tinubu’s manifesto highlighted 7 core areas his government will focus its attention on if elected as the next president of Nigeria and their annual budgetary allocations.
Senator Bola Tinubu, who is now the official presidential candidate and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has released his manifesto if elected president of the country for the transformation of Nigeria.
According to a press statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, Director of Media and Communication, the APC presidential aspirant said his team will lead Nigeria to a new era of economic prosperity, peace, security, and political stability.
The 7 Thematic Areas Of Tinubu’s Manifesto
Tinubu, who was a former Governor of Lagos State (1999-2007), presented his vision within seven thematic areas which are summarized below.
- 25% annual budget for education
- 10% annual budget for health
- Decentralization of police
- Introduction of commodity exchange
- Total deregulation of the oil market and building of national storage to sustain supply
- Stimulation of production and manufacturing for export
- The target of 15,000MW generation and distribution of electricity
Tinubu promised to improve security by decentralizing the policing of the country and creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs simultaneously.
He promised to transform Nigeria into an enviable country and one where there will be justice, peace, and prosperity for all, with a “robust economy”.
The Build A New Nigeria (BANN)
Titled ‘My Vision for Nigeria’, Tinubu promised in the document, “a nation transformed into greatness, the pride of Africa, a role model for all black people worldwide, and respected among all other countries.
“A vibrant and thriving democracy and a prosperous nation with a fast-growing industrial base, capable of producing the most basic needs of the people and exporting to other countries of the world.
“A country with a robust economy, where prosperity is broadly shared by all irrespective of class, region, and religion.
“A nation where its people enjoy all the basic needs, including a safe and secure environment, abundant food, affordable shelter, health care, and quality primary education for all.
“A nation founded on justice, peace, and prosperity for all.”
On the economy, Tinubu promised to build an economy that will make the nation’s Gross Development Product grow quicker annually for the next four years while also providing jobs for millions of youths in the country.
He also promised to launch a new National Industrial Policy focused on special intervention to reinvigorate specific strategic industries.
“I will focus on stimulating jobs, which will be my top priority as President. I will get Nigeria to work by launching a major public works program, a significant and heavy investment in infrastructure, and value-adding manufacturing and agriculture.
“My administration will build an efficient, fast-growing, and well-diversified emerging economy with a real GDP growth averaging 12% annually for the next four years, translating into millions of new jobs during this period,” he said.
Tinubu also promised to create six new Regional Economic Development Agencies which will establish sub-regional industrial hubs to exploit each zone’s competitive advantage and optimize their potential for industrial growth.
The presidential aspirant also promised to formulate a new National Policy on Agriculture to boost food production.
He promised to promote the establishment of new commodity exchange boards, while also strengthening the one in Lagos in order to guarantee minimum pricing for agricultural products such as cotton, cocoa, rice, soya beans, corn, palm kernel, and groundnuts.
On infrastructure, Tinubu promised to “Build A New Nigeria (BANN)” by developing a National Infrastructure Plan, which will cover strategic roads, bridges, rail, water, power, seaports, and airports spanning the length and breadth of the country.
He said his administration will combine government funding, borrowing, public-private partnership, private sector financing, and concession to initiate a medium and long-term financial model for the BANN initiative.
Tinubu further stated that his administration will target an electricity distribution goal of 15,000 megawatts across the country and ensure a sustainable 24/7 supply.
“On Electricity, I will embark on a renewed action-oriented focus and take immediate and urgent action on resolving existing challenges of power generation plants, gas purchasing, pricing, transmission, and distribution. My administration’s critical goal is to have 15,000 megawatts distributable to all categories of consumers nationwide to ensure 24/7 sustainable supply within the next four years,” he added.
Plans For The Oil Sector
In the oil and gas sector, Tinubu said there will be no need for a subsidy because the market will be open and transparent.
“Supply will come from local refineries, and the forces of demand and supply will determine the price of petroleum products”.
My administration will establish a National Strategic Reserve for Petroleum Products to stabilize supply during unexpected shortages or surplus periods. This will eliminate any form of product shortages and prevent wild swings in prices.
Tinubu’s Plan For Nigeria’s Education
Tinubu also spoke about his administration’s promise in the area of education, promising to increase the spending on education to 25 percent of the nation’s budget.
He promised to continue the free school feeding programme of the APC, feeding “millions of primary school children across the country”.
In regards to tertiary education, Tinubu said his administration will eradicate strikes by tertiary institution workers by encouraging the tertiary institutions to source funds through grants and corporate sponsorships, with all the institutions granted financial autonomy.
Just like education, Tinubu also promised to increase the funding for health care in the annual budget to 10 percent. According to him, the National Health Insurance Scheme will be relaunched to grant health insurance cover to most Nigerians.