The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has indicated that, if voted into office, he might just have right formular to unlock the creative potential of Nigerian youths.
This is bound to effectively corral the frightening unemployment figures among this dominant segment of the nation’s population.
Tinubu said at a town hall meeting with youths in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Friday, that infrastructural development would create opportunities for youths to explore all the sectors of the economy and transform from job seekers into job creators.
His strategy, according to him, includes investment in electricity sector to effectively power small and medium-scale businesses.
The two segments of the business milieu record sizeable numbers of youth, who Tinubu described as Nigeria’s dominant population and critical to building a better country.
In his words: “There is no single sub-sector of our population that is more important than you, the youth, you outnumber all of us, you are strong, you are intelligent, and your support is the key to unlocking the economic prosperity and progress of our nation. I am very proud of the Nigerian youth.”
Tinubu went on: “I will bring you hope from darkness of hopelessness. God forbid, we are not going to allow them back. We are going to use our PVCs (permanent voter’s cards), we are going to vote our values, our expectation, we are going to vote our today and restore our tomorrow.
“My running mate and I are giving you assurance to renew your hope. I promise that you will play a vital steering the wheels of my administration. You will have enough electricity to power your home and investment.”
The APC presidential candidate was emphatic about his plans for the education of youths, saying: “I will create a thriving and conducive environment for you to complete your education, start work or start a business, and earn a decent wage. With hard work and focus, you will once again be able to buy a car or a motorbike, buy a house, settle down, start a family and create a better life. I have plans to actualise all these dreams and can confirm that with your support these dreams will become a reality.”
Tinubu said that his administration will adopt innovations in block chain technology by reforming government policies around use of crypto assets, noting that this could provide over one million jobs in the first two years of his administration.
Noting that entertainment and sports have consistently helped put Nigeria on the global map, he promised to build world-class entertainment venues and stadia across the nation.
In his words: “I promise a thriving digital economy where those interested in pursuing careers in pursuing careers of integrity in ICT (information communications technology) will be able to do so. We will also ensure that Nigeria can take greater advantage of relatively recent innovations such as block chain technology. We will reform government policy to encourage the prudent use of block chain technology in finance and banking, identity management, revenue collection and the use of crypto assets. We shall implement policies that will train and build capacity among Nigeria’s large and youthful population to take greater advantage of the opportunities presented in ICT.
“I promise to invest in the infrastructure required to boost an already successful entertainment industry. Working with private sector partners, we will bridge the existing gaps to build modern media centres and upgrade existing entertainment venues and stadia across the country to world-class standards.
“My administration will reform the education sector by focusing on quality access, funding, management, effectiveness, and competitiveness. I promise, we will provide good and quality education in tune with 21st Century demands.
“Our youth are some of the most brilliant people in the world, therefore we will equip you and ensure you are globally competitive and never left behind.
“We promise to give you a fairer deal. We promise to deliver results. We promise that the hope we are renewing will never be dashed.
“You shall become the leading catalysts driving the economic resurgence. You will be empowered for individual and collective success. There will be opportunities across board, and they will be for you. Let us go together!”
Also speaking, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello described Tinubu as a political general headed on a rescue mission for Nigeria.
Bello, who is the National Youth Coordinator of the APC Presidential Campaign, declared that the youths would back Tinubu, who, according to him, has shown his love for youths by lifting many of them to leadership positions in Nigeria currently.
Positing that Tinubu is the most qualified in the race and deserves to be elected president, Bello urged Nigerian youths to deny from returning to power those who allegedly mismanaged the country for 16 years.
“We have the youth mandate to deliver our candidate from top to bottom in this general election.
“This election is not about you (Tinubu), it is about our generation and the children unborn. Your Excellency, God has blessed you. We need you (Tinubu) more than you need us. The younger generation needs you, Nigeria needs you, we all need you, don’t trouble yourself sir.
“The Nigerian youths asked me to tell you that you have won. This election, we are going to win it landslide, because we are determined to take the bull by the horn and take our future in our hands.
“We are not going to allow those that have mismanaged this country for 16 years to return again. That will never happen. This election has been won from top to bottom, from the leaders to the youths, to women, to people living with special needs.”
The town hall meeting was attended by a slew of APC chieftains, including Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, who is the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign; Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje; former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole; and Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare.
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