It behooves on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to leave up to expectations and fulfill their campaign promises during the run up to the 2015 general elections.
As the government is barely 3 days in power and today, Monday, June 1 being the first official work day, citizens are eager to see the new government sweep into action. Of the many things to expect, the following are some of the campaign promises set by the President and his party:
1. Up scaling of Power generation, transmission and distribution to at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted supply within 10 years.
2. 720,000 jobs by the 36 states in the federation yearly (20,000 per state)
3. Empowerment scheme to employ 740,000 graduates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
4. Creation of three million Jobs per year
5. Provision of allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programme
6. Recruitment and training of at least 100,000 officers into the Nigerian police force and establish a Federal anti-terrorism agency.
7. Industrial revolution beginning with the revival of Ajaokuta steel company
8. Establishment of a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses
9. Churches and Mosques would not pay taxes under national laws, but if they engage in businesses, the businesses would pay tax.
10. Making our economy one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10% annually.
11. Balancing the economy across regions by the creation of 6 new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness
12. Making Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy
13. Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data
14. As against fears in some quarters, Buhari while speaking with catholic bishops in Abuja back in February, promised not to Islamise Nigeria.
15. Eradication of state of origin, replacing that with state of residence to ensure Nigerians are Nigerians first, before anything else.
16. One free meal (to include fruits) daily, for public primary school pupils
17. Creation of a Social Welfare Programme of at least Five Thousand Naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability
18. State and community policing
19. Ban on all government officials from seeking medical care abroad
20. All political officer holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission RMFAC.