Former Anambra State Governor and Presidential aspirant, Peter Obi, has promised to move Nigeria from being a consuming nation to prioritizing production if he’s allowed to rule the country come 2023.
The presidential aspirant, under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made this known, on Monday, in his presentation at the ‘Greater Nigeria Conference’, which featured discussions on the need for the south-east to produce the next president – an event which was held in Abuja and organized by the Nzuko Umunna, an Igbo think-tank.
Obi, in his speech, stated that some of the main solutions to tackle the intense challenges the country is battling is to invest in the youths, education and move the nation from consumption to production.
He added that one of the things that are contributing to the country’s insecurity is the increasing population of unemployed youths.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2021, Nigeria hit a new record high in the unemployment rate after it climbed to 33.3 percent in the fourth quarter (Q4 2020) from 27.1 percent recorded in Q2 2020.
Mr Obi argued that there is no way the country will not be in crisis if about 100 million people are living in poverty and noted that for a country to develop they need to improve its human development index (HDI).
In his words:
“I thank my brothers and sisters who are also aspiring. I want us to do it in unity and ensure that one of us emerges and is supported by all of us,” he said.
“Everyone has talked about injustice in Nigeria and everybody knows that this country thrives on injustice. But beyond that, I want us to look at the true description of a failed state — when a system is no longer in control of its territory, or economy. Is Nigeria in control of its territory and economy? And the reason is simple.
“When Pa Adebanjo was talking about Nigeria when it was good, he talked about how the west kept cocoa money, the east kept palm oil money and the north kept money for groundnut. That was when Nigeria was producing. Today, what Nigeria is doing is sharing, sharing, sharing. All I want to do is stop the sharing and start production.
“Development is hinged on the human development index (HDI). Let’s invest in education; let’s pull people out of poverty — with 100 million people living in poverty, you’ll have a crisis and that’s the crisis we face today.
The president hopeful portrayed himself as a perfect person that can find a lasting solution to Nigeria’s illing economy because he’s a wealth creator and he knows what it means to create wealth.
He stressed that he has travelled to 31 different countries and he has got to understand a country cannot have 55 percent unemployment, with 70 percent of the youth not knowing where the next meal will come from and thinking there’ll peace in the country.
Peter Obi noted his main plan is to invest in youths if he’s allowed to rule the country and he’ll ensured is moved from being a consumption to production nation.
“We need to invest in youths. That’s what’s happening in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and everywhere. I want to invest in youths. The opportunity is for me to move the country from consumption to production,” he said.
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