Ezekwesili Talk Tough Ahead of 2019 Elections
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has unveiled her road map ahead of the General elections in 2019.
Ezekwesili, a former minister of the federation made the pledge while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.
Ezekwesili who is also a co-convener of the Bring Back our Girls group (BBOG), says she is committed to implementing difficult reforms in the country which includes reforming the oil sector.
She said “When I read somewhere that the minister of state for petroleum resources disclosed that the federal government spends N1.3trillion on under-recovery, which is the new name that this government has given to fuel subsidy, I was shaken.
“N1.3 trillion, as in 1.3 trillion? Let me put that figure in perspective for you. The former minister of finance told us a few months ago that the total amount that the federal government released for capital expenditure is N1.3 trillion.
“The total amount of money that this government spends on subsidizing fuel is about the same amount that it spends on the construction of roads and stocking our hospitals with medicine, funding our universities, and working on power as well as other types of infrastructure.
“It is the same fuel that ends up in neighboring countries, the same fuel that the poorest among us in several state across the country pay substantially more for?
“Some people are feeding fat and buying private jets on our commonwealth. That is why this unwholesome fuel subsidy must go.
“It is stagnating our economy, and impoverishing our people. Just imagine how much good an ACPN government can do with an extra N1.3 trillion to spend effectively and efficiently, considering that my middle name is Madam Due Process.”
Ezekwesili said one of the major laws holding many Nigerians down in poverty is the land use Act, which she promised that her government will work to amend.
The 55-year old technocrat has promise to massively invest in human capital development of more educated citizens who would be economically empowered.
She also said she would pursue a robust housing programme to deliver affording homes to most Nigerians in order to increase access.
Ezekwesili who says she would reveal her well-detailed manifesto on Friday, has challenged other aspirants to a public debate.
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