Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday held a policy debate with four other vice president candidates on a variety of pivotal issues as campaigning continues ahead of next year’s general elections contest.

Osinbajo started by reeling out achievements of the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari administration in the areas of infrastructure, employment and agriculture.

He said the government had embarked on the largest infrastructure projects in the country’s history, including railways between Lagos and Kano, Aladja-Warri, and the Lagos-Calabar road.
He added that the Buhari administration had a major road project in every state of the country.

In terms of agriculture, Osinbajo said the government had made giant strides, especially by cutting the nation’s rice import by 90 percent.

Osinbajo said the foreign policy of the ruling APC would remain the economy and security.

The government was working on improving the trade process of the nation, he said, noting that a lot of agreements had been entered into between Nigeria and other countries to better the economy of the nation.

He said a multinational joint task force was in place with the nation’s neighbours to combat insurgency, to allow for free trade and other beneficial activities.

Peter Obi, vice presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for his part, said the country has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world.

“Our HDI (human development index) has dropped from 152 to 157; our global competitive index has dropped from 124 to 127 and in terrorism, we have moved from seven to three behind Iran and Afghanistan; our inequality has worsened, our misery index,” he said.

On foreign policy, Obi told his audience that the country had a lot to offer Africa, thus the party would create a policy to achieve that.

Obi said the party would enter into an international relationship that would be beneficial to the nation and add value to its economy.

He said this would in turn boost the nation’s economy and create jobs.

On her part, Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, vice presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), promised to secure Nigeria’s borders if elected.

Abdullahi-Iya said this was imperative to know “who comes and goes out of the nation for security purposes.”

In the same vein, Ganiyu Galadima, vice presidential candidate of Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), said Nigeria would partner other nations to leverage on their expertise on security.
Galadima said the party would combat terrorism and create a secured nation where commerce would thrive.

Also, Umma Getso, vice presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP), said the party would boost the economy and make it attractive to investors.

Getso said the investors would key into the party’s local content policy to boost local industries.

She said jobs would be created for the youth.

Nigeria’s electoral body has green-lighted 73 presidential candidates to run for the February presidency against incumbent President Muhammodu Buhari.

Nigeria will hold its presidential election in February 2019. Enditem


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