Party supporters raise flags in support of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluc ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State, Nuhu Ribadu, said women and youth empowerment initiatives would be the cardinal objective of his administration if he is elected into office.
The former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), in his campaign message, said these were preconditions for advancing development and reducing poverty.
“A cardinal objective of my administration if voted into office will be the empowerment of women which is not just intertwined with rights but a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty.
"Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation. Women empowerment would be mainstreamed in all facets of the administration be it the civil service, judiciary and the executive. It would also reflect in our dealings with the private sector and civil society,” the message read.
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He added that young people would be actively engaged in the production chain of the economy and uplift the quality of their lives to a reasonable standard obtainable anywhere.
“It is my belief that women and children, by their sheer population ratio, deserve a better treatment. We cannot afford to neglect the future. We will strive to make health care services relevant and effective to gain the best possible health outcomes for our people,” he said.
Other programmes he outlined will be implemented if is elected include strengthening primary health care infrastructure and facilities, promoting health care systems that coordinate safe medical care, long term services, and community-based resources, decentralize healthcare responsibilities to local governments, and ensure that minimum service levels meet set guidelines, providing capacity needs for health care workers, reduction of maternal and child mortality and available cost-effective treatments to all patients who need them.