APC Next Level: Agenda towards Nigeria’s growth

Nigeria is a large and heavily populated nation filled with people from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Since it is located on the western coast of Africa, the country has diverse geography with an arid to humid equatorial climate. With a federal republic system, the government is currently led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari along with his deputy, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. During his administration, a lot of changes were enforced in the country with different improvements for the continuous progress of our economy. APC Next Level is working together with the government to enhance the lives of many Nigerians. Know more about us and our agenda by checking the details below.  

Stepping stones to progress

APC Next Level wants to spark a change for the country. We’ve created various plans for the improvement of the different sectors of society such as job opportunities, the healthcare system and other important infrastructures. Listed below are important details of our plans in the following sectors:

1st level: Jobs

Employment allows us to become independent and achieve many things in life. Moreover, it helps improve our current lifestyle and lessen concerns about money. Aside from individual growth, employment is a great driving force for the progress and development of our economy. Here are some of our plans for the job opportunities in the country:

  • Engaging 1,000,000 N-power graduates
  • Upgrade skills of 10 million Nigerians through a voucher system in partnership with a private sector
  • To anchor a borrowers scheme to support the input and jobs of 1 million farmers
  • A livestock transformation plan to create 1.5 million jobs along with the increase of dairy, beef, hide and skin, meal, and crops
  • Agriculture Mechanization Policy with Tractors and Processors to create 5 million jobs
  • Provide $500 million innovation fund for tech and creative sector, resulting in 500,000 job opportunities
  • Train 200,000 young people for outsourcing market in technology, services and entertainment
  • 6 regional industrial parks and special economic zones
  • Creation of 109 special production and processing centres (SPPCs) to spur production and value additive processing
  • Tractors and processors plan in each senatorial district to create extra jobs
  • Increase children being fed from 9.3 million to 15 million
  • 300,000 extra jobs for vendors and farmers

2nd level: Infrastructure, Roads and Railways

The putting up of new infrastructures, roads and railways is a good way to improve the situation of our country. It provides more accessibility to different places across many towns and cities. Some of the plans for the railway are the completion of the following:

  • Ibadan-Kano phase of the Lagos-Ibadan-Kano Rail
  • Eastern Rail (Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri) taking the network through Aba, All southeast state capitals, Makurdi, Jos, Bauchi and Gombe
  • Coastal Rail (Lagos-Calabar)

Meanwhile, the plans for the roads and bridge are to finish these projects:

  • Link on Itakpe-Warri Rail to Abuja through Lokoja
  • 2nd Niger Bridge connecting Anambra and Delta States
  • East-West Road connecting Warri, Delta to Oron, Akwa Ibom through Kaiama and Port Harcourt in Bayelsa and rivers
  • Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria to Kano
  • Federal roads using Sukuk Bonds in each state of the federation

3rd level: Broadband and Internet infrastructure

With the world’s advancement in technology, it is important to construct broadband and internet in different parts of the country. We see broadband as a critical infrastructure. Since we have already addressed the Right of Way charges, we are now paving towards increasing the broadband coverage to 120,000 km of fibre network across Nigeria.  

4th level: Technology

In connection with the broadband connectivity in the country, plans for technology and innovation is a good way to boost our economy. We plan to do this by encouraging specific sectors such as business process outsourcing (BPOs), technology and the creative sector to name a few. We want to revitalize them through a flexible method of e-lancing and freelancing. Moreover, we want to drive the procurement of start-up services by promoting quotas for tech startups. By providing grants, equity and loans are good ways to support this private technology sector.  

5th level: Power

Electrical power is important for every industry in the country. We aim to provide a minimum of 1,000 MW new generation power capacity per annum on the grid to reach a total of 11,000 MW at least. Through the Distribution Expansion programme, we plan to give out 7,000 MW. Moreover, this plan aims to give enough energy to 9 universities for uninterrupted power supply and the different 16 markets in the country such as Sura, Ariaria. 

Another thing we aim to execute is the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), a $550 million Rural Electrification Programme supported by the World Bank. It is a pipeline of private local investments and financial incentives to catalyze the Nigerian off-grid market for standalone solar solutions.

6th level: People Moni Bank

We plan to help beneficiaries have lesser restraints on their skills and lesser problems with bureaucracy. The People Moni Bank is created to provide soft loans of up to ₦1 million to small traders and artisans such as: 

  • Carpenters
  • Tailors
  • Mechanics
  • Hairdressers
  • Barbers
  • Plumbers
  • Commercial drivers

7th level: The Entrepreneur Bank

The Entrepreneur Bank is a step towards creating soft loans to support different business ventures. We help in profiling and advising entrepreneurs about what they can do to improve their businesses. Aside from this, there are now different ways to transact better online through a digital platform. Some of the industrialization methods and job opportunities related to this sector include:

  • 6 Regional Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones to be created
  • 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) to spur production and value additive processing
  • Tractors and Processors Plan in different senatorial districts so that more jobs are created

8th level: Policy

We plan to help legislate and enforce deadlines for the issuance of government licenses and permits. Moreover, we want to simplify investments, customs, immigration, trade and production procedures to lessen the burden on many people. There will be 109 one-stop shops that have all the regulatory agencies such as CAC, NAFDAC and SON under one building in each senatorial district.

9th level: Education

The ‘Every Child Counts’ project is our way to show our aspiration for a more knowledgeable nation. It is targeted at primary and secondary school students to make them digitally literate especially in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) field. A remodelling of 100,000 schools per year is an important aspect of the plan through transforming classrooms to labs, workshops and collaboration centres. Changes in the curriculum will be enforced by including functional skills such as:

  • Coding
  • Robotics
  • Animation
  • Design thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Civic education

10th level: Health

Health is one of the most important priorities especially in a time of a pandemic. There will be a co-payment system where the cost of a hospital bill is divided between the individual, the private sector and the government. However, those from the 40% poorest population are exempted from this. In accordance with the National Health Act, primary healthcare centres are built.

11th level: Security and Anti-corruption

Corruption is a serious problem in the country but this can slowly be resolved the following plans:

  • Decentralise funding of police operations
  • Foster true community policing by implementing the direct transfer of funding across all police divisions
  • Execute the second phase of the Framer-Herder and National Livestock Policy to end the decades-long conflict between farmers and herders
  • To eliminate the scope of systemic corruption by emphasising technology-enabled e-Governance

12th level: Inclusion in government

Good governance can be achieved through gathering skilled and competent individuals coming from different backgrounds. Here are our top objectives to improve our government:

  • To have up to 35% increase of female appointed officials
  • Addition of younger members in different positions on the boards
  • Special mentoring programme about governance with young graduates working with Ministers and other senior government appointees  

Programmes & Initiatives of the government

Although the government is not perfect, it continues to improve in many areas for the betterment of our country. Here are some of the different programs and initiatives by the government so far:

  • Nipost Digital Addressing
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Support (YES) programme
  • School feeding programme
  • The federal government (FG) launches a new Nigerian passport booklet with 10-year validity
  • The government revealed the first made-in-Nigeria tricycle in Abuja
  • FG takes the Trader Moni Scheme to various Nigerian markets open for both men and women
  • Osinbajo launches interest-free loan scheme for traders
  • Osinbajo in Enugu inaugurates the new National MSME clinic
  • Nigeria releases a patients bill of rights
  • A special presentation of Buhari’s achievements during Democracy day

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