The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar Monday released his policy document titled let’s Get Nigeria Working Again.
The formal unveiling of the policy document coincided with Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 presidential campaign and contains what he described as his vision for a prosperous Nigeria.
Here are key points of the document as they pertain to the economy:
• Competitive and open economic system
• Reforming public institutions
• Reducing Infrastructure deficit
• Promoting economic diversification
• Human capital development
Recounting his foray into the Nigerian political scene at the venue of the unveiling, Atiku stated:
In 2018, I sought the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party to fly their flag as a presidential candidate of Nigeria.
Today, I am formally launching my campaign. Too many of our people are not doing well economically.
The most important question is, are you better off than you were four years ago?
That is why I am here to tell you how we want to get Nigeria working again. I also want us to discuss the issue of getting Nigeria working again together.
So many politicians have made policies they cannot deliver one. I am not here to just make grandiose promises, but promises that are achievable.
I have worked with experts over the past several years.
I am not talking about what I could do; I am talking about what I have done before.
While vice president, I chaired Nigeria’s economic council and took policies that boosted the country’s gross domestic product.
We brought telephone connections from a few hundred thousand to over 100 million today.
We were able to achieve this because we had a plan.
I am here to unveil my plan for Nigeria. A plan that will increase Nigeria’s productivity. A plan that will care for our women. A plan that will help create jobs.
The sad fact today is that too many of our people are not working. We have never been so divided as a nation.
I am strongly of the view that I am just one Nigerian, and one Nigerian cannot be as wise as all Nigerians. That is why I am for inclusive governance. Atiku Abubakar is 100 percent Nigerian, 100 percent of the time.
It is my desire to run for the office of the president of Nigeria. My plan will reduce maternal mortality and care for the elderly. Above all, my plan will help create jobs.
Without jobs, there would be crime, drugs use and insecurity.
I am not just presenting these policies to you, I want you to own them and review them and have your say.
One thing I have learnt from travelling across the country is that our people need jobs. Without jobs, people would continue to live in poverty. I am here to restructure the polity and get Nigeria working again.
If elected president, I will be proactive in attracting investment and supporting small and medium scale enterprises.
I plan to double our GDP to $900 billion by 2025. These investments will create a minimum of 2.5 million jobs annually and lift at least 50 million people from poverty in the first two years
Our SME venture capitalists initiatives will help people out of poverty. My plan will lead to vast increase in internally generated revenues.
No state would receive less funding than they do today, in fact all states would receive more.
I started out as an orphan, but God through the Nigerian state invested in me and here I am today. If Nigeria works for me, I owe it a duty to make sure that Nigeria works for others.
The intention to launch the document according to PDP sources “is to take our policy directly to Nigerians and to register the belief of Atiku Abubakar that it will take the collective efforts of every Nigerian to rebuild the country. That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it.”

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