By Citizens platform
The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday in Abuja presented a 31 page manifesto with a programme to tackle issues of power, corruption and security.
The party also listed other components of the programme to include devolution of power, integrated transport network, free education, economic growth and affordable health care.
The opposition party promised that electricity generation hit 40,000 megawatts within four to eight years of its leadership. It also said it would work at make power available from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and coal.
According to the APC, the programme will transform Nigeria into a progressive state anchored on social democracy.
The party said, “The country can only succeed when all of us have equal rights, where no one is above the law; where the culture of impunity is abolished and where there is a level playing field.”
Explaining its agenda on agriculture, the APC noted that Nigeria, which used to be a leading exporter of agricultural produce, had become import dependent. “APC will embark on a massive and progressive re-organisation and revolution of the agricultural industry.”
The party also stated it would embark on a national infrastructural development programme through a private-public sector partnership that would construct 4,000 kilometres of “super highways.”
It said that it would revitalise the railway system through the modernisation and rehabilitation of tracks; as well build 200 kilometres of standard railway lines annually.
APC further assured that it would carry out a thorough review of the education sector and would allocate up to 10% of the country’s annual budget to the education sector.
In the health sector, the opposition party intends to reduce infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3% and reduce maternal mortality by more than 70%. It would make free ante-natal care for pregnant women and provide free health care for babies and children up to school going age.
According to the party, the aged and people living with HIV/AIDS would also enjoy free health care.
On industrialisation, the APC plans to establish an industrial resuscitation fund to revive ailing industries. The party added that it would create new development banks that would make affordable credits available for industrial growth.
The Interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, before the presentation of the manifesto said the APC would confront the challenges facing the country.
Mr. Akande noted that “the philosophy underpinning the formation of the APC is to reposition Nigeria into a modern stable democratic nation, with a productive economy that is based on equity and justice for all citizens”.
Source: Citizens Platform
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