By Yetunde Fatungase, Abeokuta.
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he will expand the scope of Nigeria’s economy by tackling unemployment, if voted into power.
The former vice-president made the pledge at a Presidential Stakeholders’ Engagement on Wednesday in Abeokuta.
He said that unemployment and the living standards of workers would be improved, while all obstacles hindering the development of the national economy would be removed.
He underscored the need for expanding the economy, both fiscally and monetarily, adding that it had been done while he was vice-president and could still be replicated, if elected.
“If you read our ‘Covenant with Nigerians’, what we proposed is what we intend to implement in expanding the scope of the economy.
“Once we do that, we believe that unemployment will be reduced, while the living standards of Nigerians will improve.
“Those who understand economics knows that improving the economy means growing it and removing all obstacles that affect its growth,” he said.
Besides, Abubakar stated that he would strengthen the primary healthcare sector, adding that the country would partner with experts to ensure the citizens’ full access to healthcare.
He also promised to priortise education sector through increase in budgetary allocations, while promoting the welfare of teachers by ensuring prompt payment of their entitlements as well as training and retraining for optimum performance.
“We’ll ensure that there is no more ASUU strike in our universities. We will budget more money, as far education is concerned. Once you can pay salaries, lecturers will continue lecturing and other infrastructural facilities in the sector will be improved.
Abubakar urged PDP loyalists to ensure the delivery of their various polling units, for PDP to win the forthcoming general elections.
The meeting was attended by labour unions, artisans, students’ groups, religious and market leaders, media representatives, some serving and former governors, party leaders and governorship candidates.