Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressive Congress, has pledged to relevant stakeholders that his government will invest in the solid minerals and agro-processing sectors to boost the country’s economy increase.
He said public-private partnership initiatives will be used to foster growth in these sectors for the benefit of Nigerians.
The former Lagos state governor also said he would ignore the falsehoods and rumours promoted by other parties and focus only on problem-based policy solutions.
This was said by Tinubu on Thursday, according to a statement made by his media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, at a town hall meeting with mining and agroprocessing stakeholders in Rafia, Nasarawa.
“We will allow other people’s desperate, empty movements to engage in divisive identity politics and promote false and ugly rumors,” he said.
“We, the APC, will continue to stand before the Nigerian people to discuss the real problems of today and gain insight into the policy solutions we intend to deploy to address them. In this regard, we remain the best and only Nigerian progressive good governance hope.
“Given our industrious, energetic population and our large stockpile of land, water and natural resources, few countries are as rich in resources as Nigeria. Our beloved country is rich in commercially viable solid deposits such as coal, Limestone, iron ore, bitumen, lead, zinc, gold and various precious stones.
“The government has an obligation to use these gifts wisely for the benefit of the country and to improve the standard of living of ordinary Nigerians.”
Tinubu also promised the miners that he would complete Ajaokuta Steel and make it fully operational again.
In his speech, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule noted that Tinubu’s partnership with the mining community will also provide an opportunity to understand the state’s economic potential in mining and agriculture.
“I thank Asiwaju Tinubu for visiting our state, our people have always wanted to see you asking you questions and you are here to answer theirs,” he said.
Governor Simon Lalong, Director General of the Presidential Campaign Committee of Tinubu-Shettima, described the Lafia town hall meeting as another valuable engagement between Tinubu and key stakeholders in Nasarawa state, following previous meetings in Kano, Lagos and Niger states Similar incidents occurred.
APC National President Abdullahi Adamu also spoke at the conference, explaining: “We are fed up with the potential of this country and we want to see the real thing. Nigerians need to see our candidate’s action plan and they will learn more about Tinu What cloth and our party want to do. We firmly believe that our tomorrow will be better than today.”
Also present at the town hall were Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Governor Kastina, Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Borno, Prof. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bancor and Justice of the Peace Amir Sidi Mohamed have been arrested.
Meanwhile, a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro, on Thursday reassured Nigerians that Tinubu would do away with the regime of fuel subsidy if elected.
As he promised, his former boss would create a million jobs in his first two years in office.
The former CEO of FinBank Limited made the reassurance during a one-day workshop on “Dissecting the Asiwaju Tinubu Manifesto” organized by the APC Professionals Forum in Abuja.
When Tinub won re-election as governor in April 2003, Pedro was a deputy.
However, after he announced his intention to run for the next gubernatorial election, he fell out with APC national leaders.