The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has promised that no fewer than fifty million Nigerians will be taken above the limit of the standard of poverty if given the mandate to become the president in the 2019 general poll.
He said this today as he launched his presidential campaign.
The incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari and also the flagbearer for the All Progressive’s Congress had flagged off his campaign on Sunday in Abuja, tagging the Buhari/Osinbajo (PMB/PYO) reelection campaign ‘Next Level’ for Nigerians.
As Atiku set his own pace in a live broadcast from his home-state Adamawa, he mentioned that he has observed that the prevalent issue the country is underemployment, which may have an implication of poverty.
“Today, I am formally presenting myself to you as the presidential candidate of not just the Peoples Democratic Party, but of the hopes and aspirations of all Nigerians.”
“The most important question in this election is: “Are you better off than you were four years ago? Are we richer or poorer?” That is why our primary focus is on getting Nigeria working again.
“But above all, my plan will help create jobs because in my many travels across our great nation the one consistent thing I hear wherever I am is that our people need jobs.
“Today we will begin the process of sharing our policies that form my plan to create jobs, restructure the polity, and Get Nigeria Working Again.
“If elected President, I will be pro-active in attracting investments and supporting the 50 million small and medium scale enterprises across Nigeria for the purpose of doubling the of our Gross Domestic Product to US$900 billion by 2025.
“These investments will create a minimum of 2.5 million jobs annually and lift at least 50 million people from poverty in the first 2 years”, Atiku partly said.
Meanwhile, about 16 million people were unemployed in the third quarter of 2017 out of a total active labour force of 85.08 million people in Nigeria according to the last statistics published by the National Bureau of Statistics.
A recent report by The World Poverty Clock shows Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world, stressing 86.9 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty.