- Atiku Abubakar has released an abridged version of his policy document days before the PDP presidential primary election
- Atiku recalled the policy document could not be implemented for the benefit of Nigerians because of the defeat suffered by the PDP in 2019
- He lamented the failure of the current APC-led leadership, which he said had led to hardship that is now staring everyone in the face
FCT, Abuja - Former vice president and a leading presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has released an abridged version of his policy document tagged, “My covenant with Nigerians.’’
The abridged policy document which was summed up to a 5-point development agenda seeks to restore Nigeria's unity through equality, social justice, and cooperation among various people.
The document further revealed that Atiku will establish a strong and effective democratic government that will guarantee the safety and security of life and property.
The former vice president, if elected, according to the document will build a strong and prosperous economy, creating jobs and wealth as well as lifting millions out of poverty.
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The document says that at the centre of its policy, the Atiku-led administration will promote a strong and true federal system.
Also one of its policy agenda would be to improve and strengthen the education system and equip students with all necessary skills required to be competitive in the new global order which is driven by innovation, science, and technology.
Atiku said he believes that with the understanding of the above, the people can hold him accountable if he fails to meet the projections.
On the economy, he highlighted those principles to include - re-affirming the criticality of private-sector leadership and greater sector participation in development; while also repositioning the public sector to focus on its core responsibility.
The second on the list, according to the presidential aspirant is to break government monopoly in all infrastructure sectors, including refineries, rail transportation, and power transmission.
"The persistent price distortions occassioned by current interventionist exchange rate management policy shall be eliminated."
On national security, Atiku said his government will reactivate meaningful registration at birth as a way of reducing the crime rate and protecting Nigerians.
He promised, therefore, to conduct the next national population census as the basis for further development planning.
According to him, dealing with insurgency shall rely mainly on an alternative approach to dispute resolution.
On the contentious issue of restructuring, Atiku promised to restructure and decentralize security institutions, promising to deal decisively with terrorism, kidnapping, and other crimes.
He promised to work with the National Assembly and all other stakeholders, to initiate the process of genuine and transparent constitutional amendments.
On anti-corruption, Atiku said he will champion institutional reforms of agencies and further strengthen them.
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