The Nigerian government has been advised to adopt a national agenda as the fastest way to fix infrastructure for accelerated development.
A senatorial aspirant in Kogi West, Kogi state, Mr Tajudeen Ibrahim Bismillahi said Nigeria needed a shift in ways of delivering infrastructure like electricity, roads, water and Housing by concentrating on one problem at a time and set deadline for fixing it.
Mr. Ibrahim made suggestion while speaking on a Voice of Nigeria programme ‘In The News’. He said a new approach should be worked out by focusing on one problem like electricity and agree through legislation that in the next ten years it must be fixed as a national priority.
“Let’s pick one national agenda. If it is electricity that is our national agenda that we believe by the time we get electricity right fifty percent of our problems are solved”
He added that such decision must be backed by law in such a way that all things needed to fix electricity in terms of money be made available in the annual budgets to ensure that electricity is fix in ten years.
The budgeting should be made to protect the funding plan for the national agenda with plans to move to another sector after fixing electricity.
Mr. Tajudeen Ibrahim stressed that such policy on national agenda should respected by any party in government to make it work to accelerate development in Nigeria.
Youth & Politics
The senatorial aspirant in Kogi West, Kogi state said Nigerian youth should take the advantage offered by the new law to participate actively in politics.
He called on youth to shun violence during electioneering campaigns as violence brings no good to any nation.
Mr. Ibrahim said youth should not allow anybody to take advantage of their present predicament to turn them to touts and they should participate as the largest voters in any election in Nigeria.
He stressed that the ladder of leadership had been lowered for youth like him to contest for elective positions in 2019 and perform well to grow and develop Nigeria.
He cited the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as a motivating factor in encouraging youth participation in politics by lowering the ladder for more youth to get involved in active politics in the state.
The senatorial aspirant for Kogi West said the challenges of contesting for elective posts should not discourage Nigerian youth as he is contesting to win and ready to face any other aspirant based on ideas not violence.
“The people are behind me and some parties are also talking with plans to support me to the senate in 2019,” he said.
Mr. Ibrahim Bismillahi called on Senator Dino Melaye the seating senator representing the zone to respect existing agreement that former senator Tunde Ogbeha respected and Senator Smart Adeyimi failed to respect that made him to suffer defeat through protest votes that brought Senator Melaye in 2015.
Mr. Ibrahim said the ruling All Progressives Congress in Nigeria is trying to provide infrastructure with President Muhamadu Buhari laying a solid foundation for sustainable democracy.
He cited the funding on roads construction that attracted over 500 billion Naira in 2017 as one of the signs that he wanted to take Nigeria where it ought to be not where people wanted the nation to be in the years ahead.
He called on Nigerians to support the president in his desire to leave a legacy in infrastructure and prudent management of resources as obtained in the foreign reserve servings that reached over $45 billion recently.
Mr. Ibrahim Bismillahi said Nigeria will be a better place if youth continue to believe in the democratic principles, shun violence and actively get involved towards the success of the 2019 general election.