The Yahaya Bello Manifesto, otherwise known as ‘The Roadmap to Hope’ is a grand vision for a more peaceful, secured, united and prosperous Nigeria. This Roadmap focuses on key priorities of a Yahaya Bello Presidency to bring about visible, tangible, and sustainable development across all sectors of our economy.
From her first day in office, the administration will assemble a team of patriotic and passionate Nigerians drawn from across the length and breadth of our national diversity with the requisite qualifications, skills, experience, and exposure required to achieve the results we need.
SECURITY AND PEACE
We will immediately focus on ensuring the complete security of lives and property of all citizens and inhabitants of our territory by revitalizing our national security architecture from the grassroots to the national level. Under my leadership, insecurity by whatever name it is called will be brought to an abrupt end (a cursory look at my performance as Governor of Kogi State in the last six years shows that I can deliver on this promise).
Our leadership will bridge the infrastructure gap in the nation in roads, rails, waterways, aviation, power, and utilities. We will consolidate on the achievements of the current administration in infrastructure and ensure a proper maintenance culture.
JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Our government will create the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive thereby creating jobs and gainful employment for our teeming unemployed youths in modern agriculture, manufacturing, services, information and communications technology, creative arts, and entrepreneurship. We will support and promote the growth of the manufacturing sector through functional incentives and policies.
We will continue the ongoing revitalization and upgrade of our educational institutions from primary to tertiary level. We pledge to continue providing free and compulsory basic education in partnership with state governments, subsidize senior secondary and tertiary education and promote technical and vocational education.
We will revitalize our health sector to provide exceptional medical services for our citizens. Our primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare sectors will be recalibrated to function effectively. We will strengthen our health insurance scheme towards promoting universal health coverage.
Our government will increase the level of investment in power generation, transmission, and distribution to improve the level of power supply in the country. We will also continue to invest in the development and deployment of alternative clean energy sources to promote environmental sustainability.
OIL AND GAS
Our government will ensure the full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act signed by the current administration towards the efficient operations of the oil and gas sector. We shall pursue a policy of zero importation of refined petroleum products within our first term in office. We will ensure that host communities witness increased Federal Government-led interventions to ameliorate the impact of environmental degradation due to oil and gas exploitation.
We will actively promote mass housing development projects and make home ownership feasible for the working-class through housing finance.
YOUTH INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT
As a youthful president, I will connect with our predominantly youthful population to harness their positive energies for national development. Our government will also work to create gainful employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and support for Nigerian Youths.
WOMEN INCLUSION AND EMPOWERMENT
Our leadership will ensure increased participation of Women in government. I pledge that the affirmative action threshold of 35% stipulated by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the baseline for women in our government, rather than the ceiling.
In summary, I will provide uncommon leadership to harness our massive human capital and material endowments to bring about a quantum of development in a manner never witnessed before in Nigeria. I therefore solicit your support for our aspiration to win the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) Presidential ticket and subsequently the 2023 Presidential election so that together we can build the Nigeria of our dreams.
Yahaya Bello April 2022.
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