Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, has stated that if he wins the upcoming 2023 General Elections, youths will be the core supporters of his administration.
Obi stated this at the 2022 Success Conference in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, emphasizing that not only youths but also older Nigerians will benefit from his purposeful leadership because he is willing to run an all-inclusive government.
“If I am elected as Nigeria’s next president, youths will be the main proponents of my main agenda, which is to transform Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation.” Human capital development and finance are the two main components of this agenda.
“Our overall task in 2023 will be to streamline governance and ensure that it is responsive, transformative, and effective.”
“We will demonstrate that good governance is all about providing people with the services they require.”
Further, Obi emphasized the importance of health and education for a country’s development, emphasizing the role of health in reinforcing education in the productivity measure.
“Through an integrated health insurance scheme, my leadership will pay close attention to the health system, ensuring that at least 100 million poor Nigerians have access to free medical services.”
“Under my leadership, the Federal Government will prioritize our educational system’s ability to produce the necessary skilled labor force to meet 21st-century labor market demand, as well as providing entrepreneurial education at all levels.”
In response to the question of how to sustain the economy with the resources of a small country, Obi stated that he intends to establish a professionally managed SME Equity Fund within his first year in office to promote the development of at least one value-added industry that will use the local raw material supply, whether agricultural or mineral, in every local government in the country.
He also reiterated his earlier position that the 2023 election should be based on competence, capacity, and commitment to doing the right thing, rather than ethnicity/tribe and religion, because the high cost of living, insecurity, and other problems that Nigerians face do not discriminate based on ethnicity/tribe and religion.