Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says if he wins next month’s election, he will drastically reduce the high unemployment rate in Nigeria in his first term as president.
Tinubu stated this while addressing party faithful and members on Tuesday at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium Calabar during a presidential campaign.
“I will check youth unemployment in this country. I will reduce it by more than half if voted into power next month,” he said.
The APC presidential flagbearear promised to make Nigeria prosperous and everything humanly possible to turn around the nation’s fortunes.
He added, “Our economy is unhelpfully designed to export raw materials and import increasingly expensive finished products.
“Crude oil still provides most of our foreign exchange. As agriculture remains our traditional backbone, we will continue to consolidate it.
“However, we must acknowledge the growing importance of our urban population.”
Tinubu assured that Nigerian cities and towns would witness a level of industrial activity unprecedented in the nation’s history.
He said youths would become leading catalysts that drive economic resurgence.
Tinubu further pledged to adjust the allocation of revenue between Federal and state governments so as to give states greater flexibility to foster grassroots economic development.
“Our government will give priority to encouraging industries vital to national development by growing our industrial base to provide jobs to an expanding urban population,” he assured.