After he left office in 2007, Atiku Abubakar travelled to America several times to visit his family. Upon the expiration of his visa, Atiku applied for a visa to travel to the United States; his application was not approved. As he recalled, “I applied but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically either. They’ve only said my application is going through administrative process. It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not.”
The United States Department of Justice has stated that the US Government does not have any record of any pending lawsuit against Atiku, and despite appeals from the Federal Government that Atiku be denied a US visa, media reports say although Atiku has now been granted a visa, he has chosen to focus on his campaign to be president of Nigeria rather than go on holiday to America at this time.
Yes. The Federal Government’s budgetary allocation for health in 2018 was approximately 4%, which is quite a distance away from the 17% minimum the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that countries must budget to keep its citizens physically and mentally healthy.
In addition to a commitment to meet the recommended WHO financial benchmark, the Atiku Plan also highlights steps that will be taken to ensure a turnaround of the health sector. These steps include implementing administrative reforms, facilitating universal health coverage and insurance, improving quality of care and clinical governance, and engaging the private sector to unlock the market potential of the health sector by making Nigeria a premier medical tourism destination.
The Atiku Plan invites Nigerians to start to visualize a Nigeria beyond oil. So while oil will remain a significant contributor to GDP in the short and medium term, our Economic Development Agenda (EDA) will seek to develop three main alternative income streams from investing and modernizing the agricultural sector, improving competitiveness and the external orientation of manufacturing firms, and expanding the ICT and services sectors for the transformation of Nigeria in to a knowledge-driven economy. The EDA also aims to generate income from tourism, and by strengthening value-chain linkages between agriculture, industry and micro and small enterprises.
Restructuring Nigeria means granting autonomy to the states and local governments (in order) to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population in a speedily changing global economic environment that requires decisions being made as close as possible to the point of delivery.
By decongesting the exclusive and concurrent lists in the Constitution, an Atiku Presidency will open the country to opportunities that will boost federal and state economies and IGR.
Atiku has committed to initiating the process of restructuring Nigeria within 6 months of his inauguration. He intends to achieve this through the use of Executive
Orders to immediately transfer some Federal-level responsibilities to the states and local government areas where possible, and by pursuing other aspects of restructuring through the National Assembly.
The Atiku Plan’s approach to tackling poverty is multifaceted. It encompasses private-sector led economic development, ensuring Government protects the lives and property of citizens, job creation, implementing business-friendly policies, restructuring, promoting agriculture and manufacturing, supporting small and medium scale enterprises, and empowering youth and women.
To build a stable economy, the Atiku Plan has made deliberate efforts to design a coherent and comprehensive (economic) strategy and policy roadmap that Atiku has committed to implement.
At the centre of this economic strategy and policy is a determination to further diversify the economy away from oil by focusing government attention on the promotion of a technologically-enabled agriculture sector, a vibrant and globally competitive manufacturing sector and a modern services sector.
The National Bureau of Statistics recently reported that there are now 20.9m unemployed Nigerians. In stark contrast, the N-Power scheme has only managed to enrol 200,000 young Nigerians (with the Programme claiming 300,000 more are waiting to be commence). Beyond the fact that the Programme clearly does not address Nigeria’s employment issues, it is not financially sustainable particularly since it is solely government sponsored.. With regard to transitioning from the N- Power scheme,, Atiku has reassured young Nigerians that he will create jobs, not take them away. People who have been trained will benefit from the National Research and Innovation Fund Bill (NRIF), which will allow for the provision of long term support to entrepreneurs, as well as the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) which will be focused on providing funds to the internship and apprenticeship programmes, covering a minimum of 2 million workers per year.
Atiku Abubakar has proffered a four-sector pathway in the creation of Jobs. The first is the Informal Sector Pathway to jobs which will focus on those who do not have a formal education. They will be given adequate training in various fields of their choice. The Second path way is the Entrepreneurship Pathway which focuses on those entrepreneurs who have been struggling with funding. The Atiku Abubakar government will, through the National Research Innovation Fund (NRIF) bill and Graduate Trainee Internship (GTI), ensure that jobs are provided through consistent and stable financial support for entrepreneurs as well as allowing those who are undergoing their NYSC become beneficiaries of the GTI scheme. The third pathway is the School to Jobs Pathway. This will be a collaborative effort between the federal and the state governments agencies as well as developmental and financial institutions to ensure that persons are trained in vocational schools and technical colleges can immediately get jobs after their training. The final pathway is the
MSME /ICT Special Entrepreneurship Pathway. This pathway will focus on digitalising most of our processes, creating new jobs in the area of agriculture, construction and infrastructural operations. The aim is to focus on the ICT sector and further improve on it, whilst providing support to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This support will also come in the form the establishment of a Venture Capital fund amongst other things.
For women, Atiku Abubakar believes that their representation is of paramount importance. Thus, he plans to: - Increase women representation and retention rates in government and business, through positive action such as quotas for women on politics and corporate boards. He will support the 'Elect me' campaign that focuses on women's right and capacity to run for elective positions; - Focus investments in health and education making them accessible, affordable and socio-culturally adaptable; - Create a special tribunal for crimes against women including domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, and rape; - Encourage States and the private sector to incentivize studies for girls in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing scholarships, and follow up with internships in research institutions and technology firms. For the youths, Atiku Abubakar will: - Provide microfinance and financing schemes specifically targeted at the youth and women; - Increase the number of appointments made to young people in government and in government committees by identifying competent and capable youth - under 40 - and promote them into responsible positions such as ministerial ambassadorial and executive (With his minister of youth being under 30 years old).
The young school leavers will be able to fall under the Pathway scheme to ensure that they are gainfully employed. The pathway schemes include: Informal Sector Pathway; Entrepreneurship Pathway; School to Jobs Pathway and MSME /ICT Special Entrepreneurship Pathway. The school leaver will receive adequate training in any of these areas to ensure that they are well prepared to face the job market.
Atiku is a man of his words and he matches these words with actions. It is also important to note that this promise was made on live television to the hearing of everyone and it is covered in virtually all newspaper sources. Above all, the Atiku Policy document has indicated that 40% of his government will be given to qualified and competent youths.
Over the years, Atiku Abubakar has consistently canvassed for the strict adherence of democratic principles which includes respect for journalists and commitment to press freedom.
In 2014 when the soldiers seized copies of national newspapers, Atiku stated then that “the freedom of the Press is a non- negotiable component of democratic governments”. In an address at the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day in Lagos, Atiku Abubakar reinstated his commitment to the cause of freedom of the press. According to him: “Democracy cannot thrive without freedom of the press."
Atiku is a Democrat and will respect the freedom of the Press, and all other constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms.
The leading anti-corruption agencies (the EFCC and ICPC) were created during the Obasanjo-Atiku administration. Atiku will continue to champion the institutional reforms of anti-corruption agencies to establish their independence and efficiency, and strengthen policies and measures for detecting corruption by building a strong culture of diligent investigative work around a world-class technology infrastructure. Importantly, the Atiku Anti- corruption Strategy will be based on the rule of law, the separation of powers, neutrality and non-partisanship.
The Arts, Entertainment & Creative Industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. Atiku will provide specific finance and strategic support to the music industry; encourage private sector investment in the sector by de-risking sectoral lending and investment; protect practitioners against piracy; and implement interventions schemes that are focused on offering subsidies to the sector in order to promote stand-alone businesses.
An Atiku government will visit the 2014 CONFAB report and suggestions on issues of national interest such as restructuring will be taken and utilised.
Atiku Abubakar remains dedicated to the promotion of our national security interest.
Atiku’s policy objective on national security will ensure our security agencies are well equipped with appropriate technology and instruments to deal with the increasing criminality in the Gulf of Guinea, and the porous nature of our borders, cross border crime, and illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons across our land and maritime borders. Atiku will use alternative approaches to conflict resolution, such as diplomacy; intelligence; improved border control.
Key to the national security plan are a restructured security framework that will include state and community policing as part of a wider, more robust strategy to tackle Nigeria’s myriad security problems from terrorism in the Northern border states to militancy in the Niger Deltan coastal states..
Yes. In July 2018, after the senate mandated its ad hoc committee on constitutional review to set in motion a process to amend the constitution to allow for state policing, Atiku waded in saying “lawmakers have demonstrated courage in seizing the initiative to intervene in the country security crisis.” He also stated that states should be able to develop strategies that could.
Yes.Atiku reaffirmed his belief in the rule of law as recently as July 2018 when he said a firm believer in the rule of law and I will never forget the role the judiciary played in emboldening me to continue with my efforts to provide good and quality leadership for Nigeria and Nigerians.” He also confirmed his adherence to democracy and the rule of law in his “I am manifesto (page 160) Source:https://www.theinfostride.com/2018/07/i-am-a-firm-believer-in-the-rule-of-law-atiku-abubakar/
During Atiku’s time as Vice President, in a bid to diversify the economy and encourage growth in the agricultural sector, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) was created. This agency worked with the agro agencies to promote entrepreneurship, rural development and poverty alleviation through different initiatives. Intervention programs initiated within the following clusters: Lafia Rice & Cassava [Nassarawa State]; Bida Rice [Niger State]; Abakaliki Rice [Ebonyi State]; Akure Cassava [Ondo State]; Ugbokolo Cassava [Benue State]; Ijebu Ososa Cassava [Ogun State]; Iji Owu Cassava [Ogun State]; Calabar Catfish [Cross River State]; Awka Cassava [Anambra State]; Maiduguri [Lake Alau]Cassava, Rice & Vegetable [Borno State].
As the Vice President under President Obasanjo, Atiku headed the National Privatization Council. The objective then was to reposition businesses to function more effectively, create direct and indirect jobs as a result of improved productivity (not to throw several people into unemployment) for Nigeria and contribute significantly to national GDP. The privatization project was a huge success that improved the quality of life of Nigerians, as evident with the successes recorded in telecoms, banking, insurance, and pensions.
Since 1992 when Atiku first expressed a desire to become the President of Nigeria, he has prepared himself for the great task of leading Nigeria. He has since then built up valuable experience as a politician, a democrat, an educationist, and a businessman.
At at time when Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world, is one of the most insecure places to live, and has never been this divided since perhaps the Nigerian Civil War, an Atiku candidacy represents prosperity, jobs, peace and national unity.
The lack of power Nigeria suffers is a complex problem that will require a complex mix of solutions that require not only vision but political will.Some of these solutions include (1) the issuance of licenses to private investors to enable them invest in commercially viable mini-grids capable of servicing local communities; (2) guarantee energy security by diversifying the pool of electricity generation renewables intensifying increase transmission capacity and (5) empower NERC to perform its regulatory role without interference and with complete independence.