Politics

Nigeria will be productive If I’m voted for – Obi

A presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, has told party stakeholders in Enugu State that he will rescue Nigeria from its present economic challenges, if given an opportunity to lead the country.

Obi, who stated this during meeting with state Executive members of the party, at the party secretariat in Enugu, lamented the dwindling economic fortunes of Nigeria.

Speaking with the newsmen after the meeting, the former governor of Anambra state decried the country’s debt burden.

“We even borrow to service debts. What we are sharing is finished. We need wealth creators. We need to move Nigeria to become a productive nation.

“The cumulative effect of the failure of our leadership in the past decades is what we are suffering from now. So we just have to do things right. Countries don’t fail overnight.”

The PDP presidential aspirant asserted that the best way to save Nigeria from its present economic challenges was to shoot up the production sector by ensuring that all borrowings are channeled into the productive sector.

Others, he said, were to reduce the cost of running governance, create job opportunities for the teeming population of Nigerian youths and enhance food security for every citizen.

Speaking on the incessant killings across the country, Obi said if given the opportunity to lead he would curtail it to pave way for the production sector to thrive, noting that, food security would be one of the top priorities of his administration.

“Natural security is when human beings know where their next meal will come from. 98 million Nigerians are living below the poverty line. The poverty rate in Nigeria with a population of about 200 million people is far higher than that of China and India with populations of over 2.8 billion people combined.

“Unemployment rate in Nigeria is the highest. More than fifty percent of our young people who are of productive age are doing nothing. We want to move Nigeria from consumption to production “.

Culled/Taiwo Akinola

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