Except from ASthebridge declaration speech 7th May, 2018
I believe the Nigerian constitution provides for most of the things listed below, will still share few but pledge to uphold the constitution which is supreme than any one’s manifesto. Personally, for me, after meeting many of our youth, leaders and elders, trade unions and NGOs, from various walks of life, I have decided to run for the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where the YEEEEEEES ideals can and will be for every citizen of Nigeria. YE7S encapsulates our vision and mission, with it being our manifesto lines.
To regain our unity and recapture the spirit of our nationhood we must all put aside our differences, and this will allow us to create a better and greater Nigeria. I believe, like many of you here, that Nigeria should be better than it currently is.
*Y* OUTH (Young ones are the Engine room for Nig)
*E* NTERPRISES (Agriculture, Health etc.)
*E* xperts, xperience, quality, nforcement of policies, rules & laws
*E* NTERPRISES (Agriculture, Health etc.)
*S* ECURITY (secured)
Y – We have the Youth and the experience of our elders and both are needed to make Nigeria a greater nation. We have the abilities to meet our challenges because we have the most needed resources: human capital and our blessing of natural resources that abound in the country, plus millions of highly skilled Nigerians in the diaspora. As we gain our strength and rightful position in the world, we will help lead the African continent and rightly be the GIANT OF AFRICA. The world will know indeed that Nigeria is here at last. THE BRIDGE between the have and have nots will be met by the Bridge voters. We shall rise quickly as a nation, and our citizens will be highly revered and respected.
E in YE7S means our Economy and we sincerely do need diversification, moving away from oil to manufacturing and services. Those running small to medium sized enterprises need our support to start and grow their business. The failings of the economy can be and will be transformed without delay. There are professionals in our country that have worked with major international organisations that need to be brought in to help leaders implement transformative policies. From improving roads so it is easier to transport goods, to improving the banking system so that businesses can receive investments, we will make sure these policies are introduced without hesitation.
E, our Education, is failing. Many have called for a national emergency in the education sector and educational standards are actually declining in parts of our country. Therefore, there is an urgent need to overhaul our education system. The world is rapidly changing whilst Nigeria seem to be lagging behind, analogue in a digital age. Nigerian higher institutions should begin to encourage research work and come out with practicable solutions, such that, when executed, they will serve a purpose in the areas of improving Nigerians socially, her economy and make an impact outside the country.
Much more can be done and we must explore ways to invest in the young, because they are our future. I know the value of education. I know the difference that skills and know-how can make and we will strategies with local and state leaders to ensure that Nigeria becomes a nation where education and skills can take centre stage.
E. Our Employment will be to reduce the high level of unemployment seen in the country over the years. The world is in the era of technology. We shall empower the innovative minds and brains of our people, from our youth to the elders, and I believe we have what it takes to compete globally. I have seen first-hand what can be done for job creation in many industries – from sports, to entertainment, skilled labour, infrastructural projects, and financial services, we have the resources here to create the jobs. Billions can be generated when we develop and nurture the best of our talents. But our most important industry is our small to medium sized businesses and we must work with our financial institution to provide them with good incentives in the way to go.
E. Energy is one of our country’s major hindrances, slowing the progress and development of our country. We have spent billions of dollars and tried privatised formerly public companies, yet we are still lacking light. The damage we are causing our country through pollution from generators is also a cause of environmental hazards. I can assure Nigerians that within 24 months, our capacity for generating power will double.
Energy, electricity and power are needed by all, and with an increase in our output and production we will see growth in all industries, potentially adding more than $1tr to our GDP and this will increase living standards and life expectancies. With better delivery and greater access to power, more investors will be destined for Nigeria, creating jobs and bringing change. We shall embrace new ways of providing energy in this technological revolution, to enhance our productivity, provide consumables to all and strengthen our institutions, eliminating economic failures and failings.