FROM POVERTY CENTRAL TO PROSPERITY: HOW OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI PRESIDENCY WILL LIFT 80+ million Nigerians out of poverty
As your president, I shall daily focus my gaze on these five specific and measurable outcome indicators of development:
1. Rising standard of living driven by productivity, competence, the creation of jobs which we shall measure by real GDP per capita accompanied by the GNI coefficients to ensure lowest inequality levels. It is a pity that Singapore which got its independence five years after Nigeria now has a real GDP per capita of $57,722, while Nigeria’s GDP per capita as at 2017 was $1,951. The key plank shall be the lifting of 80 million Nigerians out of poverty through raising productivity and competitiveness of the economy.
LET'S GET NIGERIA WORKING AGAIN
The last three and a half years have been the most daunting for us as a people. Almost all indices on socio economic and political development have plummeted throwing over 70% of Nigerians into unprecedented poverty, the like never seen before since our corporate existence as a nation. Indeed, the last three and a half years have especially witnessed a deterioration of all aspects of basic human capital development as reflected in the growing rates of poverty, unemployment, economic instability, increasing debt burden and increased insecurity. It has therefore become evident that those entrusted with the task of improving the lives of Nigerians are clearly not up to the task. And it is a serious task indeed!
Now that elections are upon us, Nigerians will once again have the opportunity to assess the quality of those they wish to place in charge of governance in order to bring about the desired change to the dwindling fortunes of the country which has so much promise but has not been able to fully harness the potentials of the nation to deliver the benefits of democracy to most Nigerians.
MOVING NIGERIA FORWARD: A MANIFESTO FOR GROWTH AND PROSPERITY
Nigeria is blessed with creative, intelligent and enterprising people, as well as abundant natural resources. However, in almost six decades of independence, successive governments have failed to create an enabling environment that can unleash the creative and entrepreneurial energy of the Nigerian people. Nepotism, corruption, lack of vision and poor leadership have continually robbed our nation and its peoples of reaching their full potential.
Take It Back movement will unleash productivity and growth in Nigeria through a strategic focus on three (3) main pillars and 10 economic sectors. The three main pillars that unify the broad and ambitious plans that we are proposing to implement are:
- Enhancing National Security,
- Promoting sustainable growth, and
- Enabling self sufficiency in key areas of the economy such as Agriculture and petroleum products.
Although Nigeria faces extensive challenges, we have focused on those specific areas which we believe are key to realizing our goal of prosperity, growth and sustainable development. Our strategic focus will be on Security, Power, Infrastructure, Corruption, Economy & Jobs, Restructuring, Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Tourism (SPICER HEAT).