Buhari pledges to strengthen Nigerian economy

President Muhammadu Buhari during the Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday said he would take practical steps to strengthen Nigeria’s economy if elected.

Mr. Buhari made the pledge during a meeting with members of the Organised Private Sector at the Lagos State Government House, Marina, in Lagos.

The meeting, tagged “GMB Means Business”, was to articulate Mr. Buhari’s economic plans for the nation.

Apart from leading businessmen that were at the meeting, top APC chieftains including the National Chairman, Odigie Oyegun, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, also attended the forum.

Others were former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nasir El-Rufai, and former Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Mr. Buhari said he would design economic policies tailored toward promoting the country’s prosperity and creating jobs.

“Our economic plans will be practical and our policies for implementing our commitments will be governed by the highest consideration of how they create jobs,” he said.

Giving a breakdown of his plans, the APC candidate said he would create the enabling environment for industrialisation to thrive.

He said he would revive the textile mills and similar industries that once produced thousands of jobs for Nigerians.

Mr. Buhari added that he would invest massively in infrastructure and open up opportunities through the construction of highways linking all parts of the country.

“Road construction alone will unlock a value chain of opportunities in the building industry for construction companies, builders, cement and iron rod production and supply.

“The successful opening up of Nigeria by the construction of new roads and highways will revive road transportation, trucks manufacturing and others on one hand.

“It will also create a demand for jobs for mechanics, drivers and those engaged in transport support businesses,” he said.

Mr. Buhari also said he planned to pursue efforts that would support the building of local refineries for jobs creation and economic growth.

He said he was in support of the Power Reforms but that he would do more to improve power generation.

“We agree with the privatisation of the power utilities but we believe it must go further to transmission.

“After the signing and hand-over ceremonies of the power assets, the real work of producing, transmitting and distributing power is really just beginning.

“The reason why the success seems elusive is that apart from the signing ceremony and handing over of the power assets, the hard work to connect the various parts of the power chain, supply gas, install transformers, complete substations has not been done.

“Studies show that we will require no less than 200,000 trained personnel to support the initiative to provide power and light up Nigeria.

“Apart from the inherent direct employment that this will bring, the reduction in cost of production, it would also reduce the burden of Nigerians who spend a lot to generate their electricity,” he said.

The retired general said he would promote investment in agriculture to boost food sufficiency and jobs creation.
The APC candidate urged Nigerians to invest their trust in him, saying he would improve on the country’s economy if elected.

(NAN)


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  • Ibikunle (Okitipupa)

    Just take a forensic look at the APC Presidential Candidate and his VP—Do you see what I see?—Do you see how miserable they appear and look? —They can’t even manage a smile—and to make matters worse, they both have this miserable long neck, an evidence of long suffering and insatiability in their lives that may likely be applied to depleting national treasury made up of the wealth of the South & East.

    • JustMe

      Let them Say…Sai Buhari! So it is Jona with his ever red eyes and incoherent speeches that neither looks hungry nor confused. Abegiii what is there to smile about, are we in a smiling situation as a country. Na smile you wan chop. ehnnn. that is how Jona kept smiling until Naira crossed N200. Mtchewwwwwwwwwwww!

    • Ify

      Lol!

  • Change for the Worse

    Bokohari has no history of building anything, leading anybody (only hiding behind others), or an ability to deeply think and conceive enduring policy ideas. This is another edition of Tales by Moonlight.

  • ilesanmi

    Buhari to strengthen the economy through Sharia and Boko Haram???

    • Marylyn

      Through threats …and more threats…and by his dream of an opportunity to once again degrade our educational system by example…I mean by being a living example that someone smuggled himself into the Nigerian army without the right papers…Its sickening my brother. Sickening…that in the 22nd century that we are in, that people will have reason to even identify themselves with such a man with a past record of misdeeds and mischief. Nigeria is finished. Truly we are not a country.

      • Maitama Tambari

        Marylyn, it is rather unfortunate. I believe you are one of the products of Nigerian tertiary institutions, if not you may recall, if your were born before the sixties, that British Colonial Government recruited the Military Officers including GMB into the Army, and not the dubious Nigerians of today, which you and the like of Ilesanmi, Otukpe and Femi Fani-Kayode are, who have nothing above their shoulder but box of abuses like you. Issues. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • ceweeco projects

    As one knows the poet by his fine music, so one can recognize the liar by his rich rhythmic utterance, and in neither
    case will the casual inspiration of the moment suffice. Here, as elsewhere, practice must precede perfection. Oh APC, APC, APC, how many times did l call you!!! STOP YOUR DECEIT. YOU HAVE BEEN REJECTED.

    APC, be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver! You were told to come tell you own story at the national debate organized by BON, You refused!!! Now, you want to find relevant through the back door. The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else. Nigerians, each day a few more lies eat into the fibroid with which we are born, little institutional/APC lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen. A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.

  • Fillip

    Those are the words of a mad man! This program makes no sense at all. He must be totally senile to tell such nonsense. Hold on old man, just ten days left before you can drop the mask and be you good old soft-in-head self.

  • AdemolaO

    And to crush BH in two months, and to end corruption (which has been endemic to our country for decades), and to increase oil prices (God knows how)… He just won’t stop promising the moon and stars, will he?

  • Franklin Coteh

    It’s a bit late to try and make up economical policies on the go don’t you think Mr Buhari?

  • Victor Tondibi

    How could someone like Muhammadu Buhari who has no school certification could even think about coming up with ideas on creating or even implementing economical reforms?

  • dan

    WE HAVE SEEN THIS CHANGE BEFORE

    N2.8 billion of Nigeria’s oil money was fraudulently withdrawn from the NNPC account in London midland bank and
    transferred to the London branch of the now defunct BBCI (bank of credit and commerce international) by Buhari.

    Is this the kind of change APC and Buhari want to bring to Nigerians? Arise and bluntly reject APC, vote for
    transformation you can see, feel, touch and confirm.

    Vote GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN.