The Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria,(ACPN), has listed and identified ways in which the problems facing the country can be solved.
She said that the problems are seven in numbers are they are also gigantic in nature.
She said so on Monday in Lagos state while addressing some group as part of her manifesto speech.
Ms. Oby Ezekwesili, who was a minister under the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration, also stressed that come 2019, Nigerians should reject the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
She opined that, “There are seven monstrous challenges that I see holding us down. To solve each of them would need bold, visionary leadership and hard work from an intelligent government.
“Too little productivity and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy: For a nation of our size and our potentials, our low real Gross Domestic Product of $375.77bb after 58 years of independence is terribly underwhelming. Unlike China which grew in double digits over almost three decades to become a $14tn GDP economy, Nigeria’s growth has been trapped in cycles of boom and bust in the classic evidence of oil price volatility and effects of Dutch disease. We need a bold economic vision to define a pathway of double digit inclusive economic growth over the next decade. That is exactly what an ACPN administration will ensure.
“Too much poverty and inequality: Extreme poverty in Nigeria is increasing by nearly 6 people every minute. In the time it will take me to deliver my speech today, about 250 Nigerians would have become extremely poor. Think about that for a second. But that is not even the worst part. According to the World Poverty Clock, if the current trends continue – or to put it another way, if we continue to elect this poverty-bringing APC / PDP leadership, the number of people living in extreme poverty in Nigeria would increase from about 88 million today to 120 million in 2030.
“That means that in the next 12 years, over 30 million more Nigerians will join the infamous number of extremely.”