Lagos - The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday said he would take practical steps to strengthen Nigeria's economy if elected.
Buhari made the pledge during a meeting with members of the Organised Private Sector at the Lagos State Government House, Marina, in Lagos.
The meeting, tagged "GMD Means Business", was to articulate Buhari's economic plans for the nation.
Apart from leading businessmen that were at the meeting, top APC chieftains including the National Chairman, Odigie Oyegun, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, also attended the forum.
Others were former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufai, and former Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Buhari said he would design economic policies tailored toward promoting the country's prosperity and creating jobs.
"Our economic plans will be practical and our policies for implementing our commitments will be governed by the highest consideration of how they create jobs,” he said.
Giving a breakdown of his plans, the APC candidate said he would create the enabling environment for industrialisation to thrive.
He said he would revive the textile mills and similar industries that once produced thousands of jobs for Nigerians.
Buhari added that he would invest massively in infrastructure and open up opportunities through the construction of highways linking all parts of the country.
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"Road construction alone will unlock a value chain of opportunities in the building industry for construction companies, builders, cement and iron rod production and supply.
"The successful opening up of Nigeria by the construction of new roads and highways will revive road transportation, trucks manufacturing and others on one hand.
"It will also create a demand for jobs for mechanics, drivers and those engaged in transport support businesses," he said.
Buhari also said he planned to pursue efforts that would support the building of local refineries for jobs creation and economic growth.
He said he was in support of the Power Reforms but that he would do more to improve power generation.