Lagos - Nigeria newly-registered opposition political party, All Progressive Congress (APC) has put the generation of power at the centre of its manifesto ahead of the next general election.
In a 31-page manifesto, the party pledged its commitment to improve power generation in the country through renewable energy sources if voted into power in 2015.
APC believes investing in such renewable energy sources as coal, solar and wind could improve the current epileptic power supply in West Africa’s economic powerhouse.
The party forecasts the current supply of 3 311 megawatts can be improved to 40 000 MW in a space of four years.
“Our government shall vigorously pursue the expansion of electricity generation and distribution of up to 40 000 megawatts in four to eight years,” the APC stated.
Other components of the manifesto include fighting corruption, food security, integrated transport network and free education as well as devolution of power, accelerated economic growth and affordable health care.
According to the party, the programmes will transform Nigeria into a progressive state anchored on social democracy.
The party also stated that it would restructure the country and devolve powers to the units with the best practices of federalism.
“An APC government would muster the political will to wage a stringent war against corruption,” it stated.
The party warned that without successfully waging war against corruption, Nigeria’s post-oil-economy would be disastrous.
Explaining its agenda on agriculture, the APC noted that Nigeria, which used to be a leading exporter of agricultural produce, had become import -dependent.
"APC will embark on a massive and progressive re-organisation and revolution of the agricultural industry.”
The party also stated it would embark on a national infrastructural development programme through a private-public sector partnership.
According to the party, through this, it would construct 4 000 km of “super highways.”
It said that it would revatilse the railway system through the modernisation and rehabilitation of tracks.
The party added it would build 200 kmof standard railway lines annually.
APC would allocate up to 10 percent of the country’s annual budget to the education sector.
In the health sector, the APC said that it would work to reduce infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3 percent and reduce maternal mortality by more than 70 percent.
Ante-natal care for pregnant women would be provided for free as would be health care for babies and children up to school-going age.
On job creation, the APC said that it would maintain “a sound macro-economic policy environment, run an efficient government and preserve the independence of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
Also mentioned was an ambitious plan to make the economy one of the fastest-growing by achieving a real GDP growth of 10 percent annually.
The APC also promised to amend the 1999 Constitution and the Land Use Act “to create freehold/leasehold interest in land matching grants.”
Interim National Chairman APC, Bisi Akande, said such programmes would alleviate long-running problems Nigerian faced.
“The nation and its citizenry continue to exist in a state of near permanent trauma,” he said.
- CAJ News