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2023: Seven Point Agenda as the Centrepiece of Nigeria’s Development Policy.

By Chukwudịmma Aaron-Okonkwọ

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Historically adjudged as the best governor that the people of Katsina State ever had, the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua could have ended his presidential tenure anchored on a seven-point-agenda as the best president Nigerians ever had.

Notwithstanding that death thwarted his ambitious project for Nigeria, the positive impacts of the three years of his administration were hugely felt. His was a transformational leadership that brought joy, peace, and harmony across the nation. His administration engaged the agitators in the Niger Delta through the highly commendable Amnesty and Rehabilitation Programme that ensured stability in our national development.

Birthing lofty ideas in his genuine mission to offer Nigeria a transformative leadership, the late president with his personal principles that brought much humility, dignity, and candour into government, announced his 7-point Agenda: Education, Security, Land reforms, Transport sector, Wealth creation, Food security, and Power and energy.

The author, Chukwudinma Aaron-Okonkwo
The author, Chukwudinma Aaron-Okonkwo

 

Such was his developmental blueprint which he pursued religiously until the inevitable happened. Walking his talk for peace dialogue, he created the Ministry of Niger Delta. Also, under his short period in office, Rule of Law triumphed as he expressed utmost regard for the nation’s Judiciary. The importance of River Niger in terms of potential economic activities between North and South was recognized and plans pursued to dredge the major river.

Whilst he maintained a low and humble profile; not given to flamboyant and arrogant lifestyle as the President of Nigeria. This explains why he was able to leave  money in the coffers of the Katsina State government for future development of the state.

Following in Yar’dua’s great feat is Mr Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and current presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, for the 2023 general elections. Both men are the only governors to have left substantial sum of money for their successors to work with, and without leaving debt behind. No other governors, after them  have beat that feat till this day.

Interestingly, the LP presidential candidate has hinted that his manifesto, soon to be unveiled, anchors on a 7-point Agenda derived from the 17-action points of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Anchoring his lofty ideas on turning Nigeria’s economy from  consumption to the production, HE Peter Obi maintains his sincere assurance that, when elected the president of our dear country, his administration shall connect the cities of Port-Harcourt and Aba together with respect to his visionary plan to increase the production capacity of the country; thereby boosting non-oil income and growing the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

The servant leader, who developed all sectors of Anambra State simultaneously, recognizes the fact that Aba is well-known for producing clothing and shoes, while Port-Harcourt has a seaport that can be activated for significant export of locally manufactured goods from Aba and other neigbouring commercial centres.

More so, he is cognizant of the fact that young Nigerians are full of energy and talents, he has assured that his administration will find a space for Nigerian youths by creating opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths to be productive and earn decent living.

The insecurity menace especially Boko Haram in the North and the menace of “Unknown Gunmen” in the South shall be decisively and immediately dealt with by his administration. Just like the Niger Delta agitators were stabilized, the Obi-Datti candidacy has assured that their administration will stabilize the threats of insecurity that are paralyzing our economic activities in respect to food security.

Nigerians have reasons to believe Obi-Datti assurances because the man called Okwute, exemplary in humility, easily approachable, and a prudent manager of resources dealt with such difficult issues of criminality and sent hardened men of the underworld parking from Anambra State while he held sway as the governor.He made Anambra State one of the safest states to live in Nigeria and is till date, the best governor Anambra ever had.

Fellows Nigerians, we must make the right choice by electing a leader with lofty ideas encapsulated in a seven-point-agenda – the centrepiece of Nigeria’s development policy!

#LetUsTakeBackOurCountry

Aaron-Okonkwo writes for PO Express Media, POEM

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