By Joseph Obumneme
According to the major highlights of the ‘Next Level’ manifesto of President Buhari to add blocks to the economic, social, technology cum security foundations his adminstration built in his first term in office and reiterated that Nigeria is faced with a choice to keep building a new Nigeria- making a break from its tainted past which favoured an opportunistic few.
President Buhari reaffirmed that his next four years will focus more on job creation cutting accros the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
“But even as we lay the foundation for a stable and prosperous nation, we acknowledge there is still much to do. The Next Level of effort focuses on job creation across various sectors.”
From an enlargement of the N-Power programme to investing in technology and creative sector jobs to agriculture and revolutionising access to credit for entrepreneurs and artisans, there is scope for over 15 million new jobs.
The march away from a mono-economy must continue with our industrialisation plan coming to fore. With specific plans underway to exploit the comparative advantage of the geopolitical zones and different states by developing 6 Industrial Parks and 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district, our incremental move away from oil dependence is assured.
In addition, our development of the Special Economic Zones will quickly concretise our Made in Nigeria for Export (MINE) plan. To sustain food production and value addition, our mechanisation policy for agriculture will make tractors and processors easily accessible and available for farmers across Nigeria.
We will continue a wide scale training policy, prioritising technology to reach the demography of young people within the productive sector on a massive scale even as we create jobs and growth within our economy.
We believe that our people who are still in poverty have a direct way out and up through our expanded National Social Investment Programme. We believe we can implement the painstaking and comprehensive policy and work we have done to bring an end to the perennial conflict between farmers and herders – a conflict which is heightened by a struggle for land, water and pasture and the effects of climate change and every now and then, opportunistic and cynical manipulation by political actors. We are implementing a blend of measures that ensures that justice, order, modernisation and new economic paradigms emerge.
Perhaps our biggest ambition yet is the overhaul of our education sector. Every child counts – and simply, whatever it takes to prepare our teachers, curriculum and classrooms to attain the right educational goals that grow our country, will be done.
We will remodel 10,000 schools every year and retrain our teachers to impart science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics using coding, animation, robotics to re-interpret our curriculum.
We know that to succeed, moral integrity and conscience must continue to form the dominant character of our nation and its leadership. Corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Despite the gains we have made in closing the gates, we know that there is still much ground to cover to stop systemic corruption.
We are committed to deepening the work we started this first term such that the nation’s assets and resources continue to be organised and utilised to do good for the common man, President Buhari said .
However, the perennial problem of governance in Nigeria has not been policy formulations as different government at different tenures has formulated policies that has literally turned Nigeria into heavens but alas, nothing to show for it.
Policy implementation has been the major bottle neck to our development as governments uses aftermath projects of such robust policies as a leverage to compensate their political allies or exude inclusiveness at the expense of Nigerians.
Programs such as Npower and the trader moni which are proceeds from the National Social Investment Office and Job Creation Unit to ameliorate the harshness of the economy given to recession and high level of unemployment in the country.
Programs as such are good but it’s implementation are hijacked by nepotism and government at it’s own part failed by not evaluating her policies to know it’s successes and challenges.
President Buhari’s ‘Next level’ blueprint efforts must be shrewd and rigid in her policy implementation a evaluation as that will only be the nexus to actualize his blueprint to consolidate the good work his adminstration started in the four years.