After a long wait, the presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, unveiled his campaign manifesto for the 2023 presidential election on Sunday, Dec. 4 in Abuja.
The 72-page manifesto titled “Pact with Nigeria” prioritises 7 key areas of action if elected in the next two months.
Obi and his running mate have over the past few weeks been under attack by members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for not having a manifesto.
TheNigerian News reviews the major highlights of the ex-governor of Anambra State.
Many Nigerians have long been calling for restructuring but the current administration turns deaf ears to that.
However, Obi in his manifesto said within the first year of his administration, he will kickstart restructuring through immediate implementation of the Stephen Oronsaye report, which recommended the merger of some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).
“Review all the regulatory agencies of Nigeria with a plan to gradually move away from a bureaucratic approach to incentive-based regulation that is based on cost-benefit analysis,” the manifesto said.
“Pursue more inclusion of our customary laws (norms and values – with respect to their compatibility with our constitution) in the contents of our formal law and in the administration of justice. For instance, reforms will be pursued for our traditional laws/rulers to be properly integrated in the formal/legal/governance system.”
Quality education, healthcare
To tackle massive out-of-school children in Nigeria, Obi promised to introduce a ‘No Child Left Behind’ educational policy.
He also promised to provide health insurance coverage to “133 million poorest Nigerians including pregnant women, children, the aged and the disabled” in a bid to improve the healthcare system.
World class infrastructure
For efficient power supply, rail, road and air transportation, and pipeline network, Obi promised to “build expansive and world-class infrastructure through integrated public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial public sector governance”.
He promised to launch a solar power revolution in the northern part of the country in order to achieve uninterrupted power in the region by the end of 2024.
He promised to put “permanent end” to incessant banditry, insurgency, kidnapping and cross-border terrorism by increasing the personnel of the armed forces, police and other security agencies.
He also promised to adequately fund them in order to enhance their capacities to respond to security threats.
Hourly minimum wage
Unlike the current reality, Obi promised to remove the current salary structure of the national minimum wage in which workers are being paid on a monthly basis and replace it with an “hourly productivity-based national minimum rate”.