Who is Atiku Abubakar?

About Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar was born on November 25, 1946 in Jada Adamawa, Nigeria to a Fulani trader and farmer Garba Abubakar, and his second wife, Aisha Kande, in Jada village of Adamawa State.

Atiku Abubakar got registered into Jada Primary School at the age of eight. After completing his primary school in 1960, Atiku was admitted  into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School Yola in. He later finished his Secondary school in 1965 after he made Grade Three in West African School Certificate Examination. Atiku Abubakar then proceeded to Nigerian Police College, Kaduna. He left the college for a work as Tax Officer in the Regional Ministry of Finance. Later he got admission to study at the School of Hygiene Kano in 1966.

In 1967, he graduated with a Diploma. That same year, Atiku Abubakar was admitted for a Law Diploma at Ahmadu Bello University on a scholarship. He graduated in 1969 and got employed in the Nigerian Custom Service that same year. In April 1989, aged 43, Atiku voluntarily retired from Customs as Deputy Director of Customs and Excise in charge of Enforcement and Drugs.

Atiku Abubakar is a entrepreneur whose business investments across Nigeria and other African Countries has provided over 50,000 jobs.  He is a pragmatic politician, who served as the Vice President to the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo that recorded unprecedented achievements in revolutionizing Nigeria telecommunications and banking sector and currently he is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

Legacy
In 1999, after years of military misrule typified by widespread corruption, human rights abuses and a struggling economy, General Abdulsalami Abubakar handed over power to the democratic government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.  

For eight years, their administration worked assiduously to deepen our young democracy, unite our diverse people, professionalize the armed forces, re-establish our country as a great and respected member of the international community, and reform our economy to become more productive, diverse and globally competitive.

The administration introduced a wide range of ambitious programmes aimed at promoting growth, boosting non oil revenues, reducing poverty, creating jobs, providing stable power supply, rebuilding collapsing infrastructure and promoting quality education, healthcare and gender equality.

The reform package included fuel price deregulation, low and stable interest and inflation rates, privatization of inefficient government-owned enterprises, enthroning a culture of transparency and accountability, monetization of the benefits and entitlements of public sector workers, setting up a new pension scheme and growing the revenue base of the government through a fair and equitable, more efficient and easier-to-comply tax system.

Telecommunication Reforms
In 2001, the administration of Obasanjo and Atiku auctioned mobile phone licenses and by the time they left office in 2007, over 70 million Nigerians had phones compared to the 400,000 landlines that the state-owned Nigerian Telecommunication Company Limited (NITEL) paraded throughout its existence. The telecommunication industry had also attracted over $20 billion in foreign investment and created millions of jobs within the same period and served as the incubator that gave rise to the evolving Tech community in Nigeria. Making it easier for Nigerians to communicate with one another at an affordable rate.
Privatization Reforms
In one of the most courageous and ambitious privatization programmes ever embarked upon in recent times, the administration of Obasanjo and Atiku sold off scores of unprofitable and inefficient public enterprises, such as banks, insurance companies, hotels, newspapers, cement, oil and petrol chemical and fertilizer companies. Thus, relieved the federal government of the unnecessary burden of running those businesses.

 

Their administration then refocused government’s attention on making laws and good policies and creating a conducive atmosphere for businesses to flourish. Most of the privatized firms are today being run profitably and efficiently by their new owners, creating more jobs and delivering quality products and services.

Banking Reform
One important achievement of the Obasanjo/Atiku administration was the banking sector reform. In 2005, they raised the minimum capital base of banks from N2 billion to N25 billion to make the Nigerian banks stronger, healthier and globally competitive. The policy saw the number of banks operating in the country drop from 89 to 25. This contributed in making Nigeria one the fastest growing economy in the world.
Fighting Corruption
To ensure that the increased revenue accruing to the government benefited the greatest number of people, the Obasanjo/Atiku administration set up the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) the Economic and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Both the ICPC and EFCC waged a vigorous and sustained war against corruption, money laundering, advanced fee fraud and other economic and financial crimes. Nigeria’s aggressive anti-corruption drive received commendations at home and abroad and received financial and technical support from foreign countries and organizations. The administration also introduced new procurement system with emphasis on due process, transparent conduct of government business and adherence to public service rules and financial regulations.
Debt Management
In October 2005, the Obasanjo/Atiku administration successfully negotiated a deal with external creditors that saw Nigeria pay off a total of $14.48 billion in return for the cancellation of Nigeria’s remaining $18 billion debt. Also, they set up the Debt Management Office (DMO) to review and restructure Nigeria’s debt.
Economic Growth
The Obasanjo/Atiku administration worked hard to achieve universal primary education, eliminate hunger, reduce child and maternal mortality, protect the environment and combat HIV/AIDS and malaria as contained in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Their economic reforms led to massive growth in both the formal and informal economy. By the time they left office in 2007, Nigeria economy was ranked 31st in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was estimated to be about $500 billion (estimate included both formal and informal economy). It became the second biggest economy in Africa.
Budget Reforms
Under the new policy, government contracts and procurements were checked diligently to ensure that they were within the budget, had been advertised, bidded for, fairly and reasonably costed, and could be implemented on time and on target. A public procurement law was enacted to entrench in the public sector the values of probity, openness and accountability.
Abuja Master Plan Reform
Their administration cleaned up Abuja, restored its Master Plan, computerized the land registry and halted uncontrolled developments in the federal capital territory. By the time they left office in 2007, Abuja had become the pride of the nation as a beautiful, clean, safe and efficient world class city.
Pension and Tax Reforms
 To fix Nigeria’s broken and mismanaged pension system, the administration introduced a contributory, fully funded pension scheme that guarantees every public or private sector worker his or her retirement benefits as and when due. Another major plank of their economic reforms programme was restructuring the tax system to yield more revenue, stimulate economic growth and redistribute income between the rich and the poor. At the end of their eight years in office, Nigeria tax revenue had grown substantially.
Why Atiku Abubakar Deserves Your Support?
In the face of severe economic hardship, high level of insecurity and purposeless leadership from the current administration that has succeeded in dividing Nigerians along ethnic lines, the choice ahead of Nigerians is to support and vote for Atiku  Abubakar to get NIgeria working again.

Atiku Abubakar is a leader and with an unrivalled capacity to achieve, he is a bridge builder and a leader who is ready to effectively lead the reorganization of Nigeria and make our economy work again. As Nigeria’s economic ambassador, he will not demarket Nigeria on the global stage but will take decisive steps to restore investor’s confidence, attract the needed foreign direct investment that will make it possible for him to revolutionize Nigeria economy.

In every role he has undertaken, Atiku Abubakar has demonstrated great leadership skill and ability. He is a successful business leader who has an excellent understanding of the economy and governance. Atiku Abubakar firmly believes that Nigeria can work for all and he will accelerate the process of meaningful radical economic transformation that will put Nigeria on the path of progress and change the narrative that has led Nigeria to be named the poverty capital of the world.

As a committed leader, he will go beyond rhetoric to undertake the practical tasks that will transform the economy, while ensuring that our economy work at a much faster rate and creates jobs that will make life better for Nigerians.

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