Education For The Future
Improve and strengthen the education system to make it more efficient, more accessible, more qualitative and relevant to the needs of the Nigerian economy and society. Increase investments in the human development sub-sectors especially education and health by committing 25% of the budget to education. Work with the States to carry out far reaching reforms of the system with a view to developing a knowledge-driven economy: that is, one in which the generation and exploitation of knowledge would play a predominant part in the creation of wealth. Collaborate with the States, universities and research institutions to establish and promote Science and Technology Centres of Excellence which will, among others, offer online learning programmes for specialized technologies – particularly, the open source operating system software application. Enhance accessibility and participation, and emphasize the relevant skills of entrepreneurship, critical thinking, and innovation; especially, those that focus on the core subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Improve the functionality and relevance of formal vocational and technical education. Vocational education curricula will be redesigned to respond to local skills demand, and tailored for the specific needs of our youths. The new school curricular will emphasize acquisition of knowledge, skills and competence and will prepare the beneficiaries not only for higher education but also for earning a living to fend for themselves.
Building a Healthy Nation
Our policy thrust on health will be all embracing and targeted towards a preventive care strategy by creating a clean environment, modernizing living conditions, carrying out enlightenment campaigns on healthy living, and supporting with curative care through the provision of state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in hospitals and in rural clinics. We shall also ensure universal access to basic maternal and child health, reproductive health, immunization and mental health as well as effective therapies for the control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) like diabetes, heart diseases, lung diseases, renal dialysis, and cancer. Government will position itself to deal proactively with emergency epidemics like Ebola, Lassa fever and others that occasionally afflict some of our people. We will undertake administrative reforms. Our first step is to ensure a comprehensive reform of the Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies. Accordingly, we shall streamline the inefficient bureaucracy in health care delivery to ensure that the Federal Ministry of Health’s role is to lead the policy, regulation and funding of the health sector, as well as holding its agencies accountable for service delivery and core public health functions. These bold remedies are meant to accelerate improvements in health outcomes. Accelerate Nigeria’s transition towards achieving universal access to affordable and quality healthcare services for all by 2030 through the following. Working with states to advance and motivate a realistic primary health care service delivery plan that ensures that at least, 65% of Nigerians have access to a defined basic Primary Health Care (PHC) and services package by 2024, rising to at least 80% coverage by 2030. (Current baseline PHC coverage levels range from 35% to 49% in different states). To work with States to strengthen ‘special’ health care services to physically challenged and special needs persons particularly in medcare areas like sight, hearing, speech and amputation aids. Engaging the private sector to develop at least two world-class, multispecialty tertiary centres of excellence in the country in Lagos and Abuja; leveraging existing selected hospitals, infrastructure, human resources, and referral networks; and creating a regional medical hub for medical tourists. Creating a more effective enabling environment and investment climate that supports investment in the healthcare industry. This can be done through creating easier, and reducing or removing policy and regulatory barriers that impede the growth of the sector. Introducing strategies to stimulate the local production of vaccines, medical supplies and generic drugs to ensure a sustainable supply of essential, life-saving medicines. Reinforce the capacities of LGAs in primary healthcare management in areas such as Maternal and Child health, TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell diseases, and other communicable and noncommunicable diseases. Encourage and promote health-seeking behaviours and attitudes (creation of 100% awareness of various risks factors) and provision of free health information by synergistic actions and activities of the LGAs primary health and information departments.
Empowering Nigeria’s Youth and Women
We strongly believe that youth and women are crucial to the survival of all societies, empowering them is a must. We will create an environment that provides employment and fulfillment to our youth and women population through education, mentorship, vocational training, and technology and entrepreneurship initiatives. We will put in place policies that discourage unfair exploitation and persecution of women in our society and ensure financial inclusion of women. Encourage States and the private sector to incentivize studies for girls in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing scholarships, and follow up with internships in research institutions and technology firms. Encourage banks to expand banking services to disadvantaged and marginalised groups and to citizens in remote an hard to reach areas. Simplify the banking processes and make it friendly to motivate financial inclusion of youth and women. Create a special tribunal for crimes against women including domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, rape. Focus investments in health and education making them accessible, affordable and socio-culturally adaptable.
Developing Nigeria’s Sports Sector
Under our administration sports will be promoted as a mechanism for foreign policy initiative and a commercial venture, rather than mere social activities. Improve sporting facilities in all the states of the country by elevating them to international standard, with a sustainable maintenance culture put in place. Encourage the sport sector as a job and wealth creation platform by making sports a private-sector driven aspect of the economy Improve the bi-annual National Sports Festival for all states to participate and showcase their talents. Upgrade six sporting centres in partnership with private organizations, and the cooperation of interested states, in hopes of hosting world sporting festivals in various games. Partner with the private sector to open sports academies for persons with disabilities that will operate across the regions to increase viability of our citizens to participate in paralympics, special Olympics, and similar engagements.
Transforming Nigeria Culture and Tourism Sector
In partnership with the private sector, we hope to transform the culture and tourism sector into one of the big earners of foreign exchange. Encourage talented individuals to harness, and showcase abroad, certain aspects of our literary, material, and performance traditions. Promote local traditional festivals, so as to revive the culture and traditions of our people. Encourage the private sector to invest in the revival of our national parks. Reinstate the Bi-Annual National Festival of Arts and Culture. Encourage intervention fund and increase budget support for culture and tourism. Developed more tourist destinations in partnership with states of the federation to attract home based and foreign tourists
Our policy objective will be to demonstrate the potential of the entertainment and creative industry in Nigeria to contribute to economic growth and job creation, as well as providing a road map for the sector’s development. We shall endeavour to relax the financial constraints facing the industry by providing financial support and protection to the industry by enacting right policies and legislations that will provide the latest infrastructure, financial and business development facilities. Providing specific finance and strategic support tailored to each segment of the entertainment industry- movie/theatre/music production, comedy etc. Defining the rights of practitioners in the industry, including their intellectual property rights. Creating intervention schemes focused on offering subsidy to the creative arts industry in order to promote stand-alone businesses. Enhancing law enforcement to ensure effective and efficient implementation of anti- piracy law. Ratifying the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production, or any similar convention, in order for the industry to remain globally competitive and freely embark on co-production with its counterparts abroad. Reforming the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCRC) to enable it to make the laws more responsive to present-day operating realities. Reviewing international treaties or convention relating to Intellectual Property (IP) rights, with the aim of creating an industry which lives up to global standards. Creating a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the promotion of the Nollywood industry.