Nigerians have long yearned for a political and economic restructuring of the country for so long that it has become evident that no major political party in the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been bold enough to offer concrete promise in this regard. Neither has any major political party made any clear roadmap on repositioning the country in reflection of true federalism.
Here comes the Young Progressive Party Presidential aspirant, Kingsley Moghalu, a man not politically cautious enough to shield the truth from Nigerians. Or dubious enough to address the façade of our Socio-political melee while ignoring the internal rot in the system.
Here are a few vital points of his agenda:
To commence and complete a constitutional restructuring of Nigeria along geopolitical lines in an arrangement that ensures that the federating units own any natural resources found within them and with regional and state police to ensure more effective national security.
To create the enabling environment for an innovation-driven economy through appropriate policy.
To establish a 1trillion naira strong public-private venture capital fund to provide equity funding for medium and small scale businesses and job creation.
To create a concrete economic diversification plan similar to that of Saudi Arabian government that will ensure a prosperous path beyond dependency on crude oil.
Power policy will prioritize industrial clusters such as Aba, Kano, Lagos, Nnewi and Onitsha investments and incentives will be established in renewable energy that can serve households.
To encourage increased foreign investment in education and human capital development.
To establish one world-class hospital in each of the six geopolitical zones.
To ensure gender equality in access to educational and financial opportunities for all girls, boys, men and women.
To combat violence against women and ensure men help promote the agenda of gender equity.
To execute a policy of 50:50 gender parity in political appointments to ensure female representation in decision making and execution across the nation.
Comprehensive reform of the Nigerian Police Force by increasing the strength of the police force from 350,000 to a minimum of 1.5 million policemen and women who are properly trained, equipped and remunerated.
To control Nigeria’s borders more effectively.
To redefine the concept of national security away from narrow, specific threats to a more broad-based, interlocking one
Increase government spending on education from less than 10% of the budget to the UNESCO required minimum of 26% and spend more on educational infrastructure and learning equipment than on recurrent expenditure.
To invest heavily in targeted, high quality teachers training at all levels, along with better pay for teachers.
To attract foreign direct investment in education and human capital development in Nigeria by quality global education institutions setting up campuses in Nigeria.
To decentralize the national grid, direct hydro and gas powered electricity to industrial zones in order to assure 24-hour electricity for manufacturing to reduce production costs and market prices of products, and create a market for renewable energy for households and other consumers.
To increase investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure.
To invest in the creativity of the Nigerian youth by prioritizing the National Youth Policy of 2009 with particular emphasis on literacy and encouragement of youth participation in democratic processes at all levels
To encourage the participation of youth in democratic processes, politics and leadership in order to ensure that leadership in Nigeria is regenerative and intergenerational.
To make technology and innovation a strategic national priority. Increase government spending on science, technology and innovation, with a focus on capital projects.