Ahead of the March 28 presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan and a team of top northern strategists have adopted a nine-point agenda that will drive his second term if he wins the 2015 elections.
The 9-point agenda was adopted after the president met with the ‘Strategy Team’ last week.
In the document, obtained by the Nigerian Tribune on Sunday, February 22, the issues listed include rebuilding the North, ridding the region of Boko Haram, the inclusion of the best materials from the North in his government, completion of power projects that would lift the power supply; the commercialization of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), reducing the number of out-of-school children in the North and across the country; and strengthening the health sector, as well as more the strategic appointment of women in the cabinet.
On oil and gas:
The document indicated that the president, who had achieved a lot in the sector, would, in his second term, commercialize the NNPC.
“My plan is to commercialize the NNPC and have it operate in a more open, transparent and accountable manner. I shall bring new blood into the management of this sector,” the president was quoted in the document.
On the new anti-corruption war:
The document stated that Jonathan’s administration had achieved a lot on the anti-corruption front and the Transparency International Rating for Nigeria is better that it was a decade ago.
It indicated that if the president comes back for a second term, he will put in place institutions and systems that will block leakages as well as rein in impunity.
It further acknowledged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had made more arrests and convictions in the current administration than ever before, adding, however, that the president would continue to respect the rule of law, while only the guilty would be punished certified by the law court.
The document indicated that Jonathan had, in his first term, established 12 universities to ensure every state has a federal university. He had built dozens of Almajiri schools and sent dozens of Nigeria’s best brains to study abroad. It added that though primary and secondary education are in the hands of state governments, the president would work closely with the states to improve education.
“I plan to continue and strengthen my support for our tertiary institutions, to ensure our children and their lecturers live and study in a conducive environment.
“I care about thousands of our young children out of school,” the document read.
On Boko Haram:
The agenda indicated that the president lost time on the issue because he listened to advice to try several tracks and not just the military option.
It read: “We tried the political and negotiation track, it didn’t work. Now I am going for an all-out assault, in conjuction with our neighbouring countries and other helpers. We shall hound them down so that we can provide a more secured future for our citizens in these areas.”
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