2015: Atiku Unveils Draft Policy
…Says Private Sector Will Lead Way To Economic Revival
SAN FRANCISCO, October 13, (THEWILL) - Former Vice President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar has said that the private sector is a better facilitator of job creation, than government.
Atiku, while unveiling his policy agenda Monday in Abuja, said he would use the instrumentality of tax rebates to encourage the private sector to create more jobs.
'A lot of time, people have asked me if my strategy of using tax rebate as a tool for private sector job creation will not reduce the income coming from government.
'My answer is that those people who will be employed in the jobs that are created will be taxable as well and thus government is even going to make more money. The way to run a modern government is to run it as a business. If you do not know how to run businesses, you certainly don't have any business running government,' Atiku said.
According to the presidential aspirant, 'the draft policy was drawn up within the context of the manifesto of the APC and the document provides an overview of our policy position - the main thrust of which is the explicit bid to modify the way the machinery of the Federal Government works.'
The draft policy contains key policy areas which include employment generation and wealth creation; infrastructure and power; education and skill acquisition; security; citizenship and governance; agriculture and food security and Niger-Delta and North-East re-integration.
Each of the key policy areas has sub-components that make allowance for broad inclusiveness which will make the policies have direct impact on ordinary Nigerians.
In the area of energy and infrastructure, the Atiku draft policy says government will, 'create sustainable funding structures to drive infrastructure and power development; invest in local government capacity to develop and expand infrastructural provision and review the federation account and restructure government finances to boost infrastructure development.'
In the area of security, the draft policy promises to: 'aggressively combat the scourge of terrorism and insurgency by increased resources and better co-ordination between the security agencies; replace the security adviser with a National Security Council; improved civil-military relations; pave way for the establishment of state police and clarify local government and state boundaries to pre-empt and defuse inter-communal conflicts.'
According to him, 'the days have gone when government will announce 7 or 9 points agenda. What we are bringing on board are proposals that are unprecedented in the way government business of governance is conducted in this country.'
Earlier in his address at the occasion, the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, Professor Babalola Borishade, noted that the draft policy will be exhaustively reviewed by a review panel comprising policy experts later in the month at the Obasanjo Presidential Library in Otta, Ogun State.