- As the 2019 general elections draws near, politicians are beginning to sell their manifestos to the public
- One of such politicians is Chief Musa Muhammed Maikaya, a leading governorship aspirant in Nasarawa state under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC)
- He outlined his plans for the state in a recent interaction with journalists
Chief Musa Muhammed Maikaya, a leading governorship aspirant in Nasarawa under the APC has revealed his plans to provide access a minimum of N1billion every year for entrepreneurial ventures across the state, specifically for unemployed youths.
Maikaya made the disclosure recently during an interaction with select journalists over his ambition to lead the state in 2019.
Dishing out his plans of fighting unemployment in the state, Maikaya said he would establish the Nasarawa State Employment Trust Fund to cater for the unemployed youths in the state, and the fund would provide access a minimum of N1billion every year.
He also stated that his government will take advantage of Nasarawa's proximity to Abuja and introduce a round the clock economy opportunities to boost the employment opportunities in the state.
“We will encourage the creation of a corporate social responsibility trust fund by the private sector to be managed by board of trustees charged with the responsibility of identifying growth opportunities yearly and financing such opportunities to further boost economic development across sectors and communities in the state,” Maikaya said.
Armed with his vision to make Nasarawa state the preferred investment destination in Nigeria, Maikaya believe by providing effective and transparent leadership that will harness the resources of the state for the benefit of all, “Nasarawa state will move to it's next level.”
His words: “My Mission is to improve the wellbeing of the people of Nasarawa state through the development of world class infrastructure, social service, tourism, agriculture and solid minerals, Nasarawa state and is blessed and strategic to the nation.
“I want to run a government that is based on justice, fair, equity, fair play and selfless service to humanity. Am offering myself for the service of my people as a democratic leader who has the fear of God and sincerely have the passion to take Nasarawa state to it’s promised land.”
Maikaya said his ultimate goal, no matter where he stand on the political spectrum, is the upliftment of the state and political, economic cultural and social well-being of his people.
“In pursuit of this goal, I have commenced consultation across the length and breathe of Nasarawa state on how to get the ticket of my great party, APC for the general election.
“As I continue with this consultation and discussion with party elders, traditional rulers, various interest groups, I am open to questions and am will be ready to participate in any discussion that dwells on moving our state forward,” he said.
Speaking on his chances of winning the party's ticket, Maikaya said in a free and fair primary election his chances are clear, adding that, “I am in the race for victory irrespective of the zoning arrangement, a lot of our party members and groups are supporting our movement. I remain the man to beat come 2019 election for gubernatorial race and our party leaders knows this.
“I am a dogged fighter, a firm believer of basic tenets of true democracy, a tireless man with a passion to see that his state is liberated from poverty, and experience general empowerment and the general well being of his people.”
He's optimism in capturing the leadership of this great God loving Nasarawa state however, lies on his unshakable belief that God is the custodian of authority and power.
Giving insight on his plans for the educational sector, which according to him is part of his top priorities, Maikaya said he will ensure the sector get maximum attention if voted as governor in the forthcoming election.
His words: “Education is key and bedrock of any human development, we will complement the federal government effort towards improving and providing quality education both at the primary up to higher institutions of learning, by providing conducive learning atmosphere in the existing secondary schools at the local government area, through provision of qualified teaching staff, provision of basic amenities such as furniture, learning materials and blocks of classrooms in order to augment efforts of successive governments.
“Also, we will encourage the establishment of more primary schools to deserving communities and increase school enrollment rate through interaction and advocacy at the rural community. Scholarship and bursary awards for indigent students of tertiary institutions is also key to encourage our younger generation to take their studies serious.”
He said his foundation, Maikaya Development Foundation (MDF) has been into education development in Nasarawa state over the years, “due to past experience, I understand the educational needs of my people because my foundation has done greatly in that area, so payment of WAEC and NECO fees to final year indigent students in all the secondary school within the state jurisdiction is something I won’t joke with.
“We will also embrace ICT, by establishing of standard e-libraries in each of the local government council headquarters of the state.”
Born in the 1970s, Maikaya a geology graduate of University of Jos is banking on his over 20 years of working experience in multi nationals and international exposure to change the fortunes of Nasarawa state.
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Meanwhile, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has clarified that he won't run for political office in 2019.
The minister stated this at a political summit organized by the Kwara chapter of the APC in Ilorin, the state capital, on Thursday, August 9.
He called on members of the party to subordinate individual ambitions to collective efforts in order to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
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