By our Correspondent
Retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday pledged to take practical steps to strengthen the nation’s economy if elected.
He made the pledge when he met with members of the Organised Private Sector in Lagos.
The meeting, which was tagged “GMD Means Business” afforded Buhari to articulate his economic plans for the nation.
He said that he planned to pursue efforts that would support the building of local refineries, which would aid economic growth and job creation.
Buhari said that he was in support of the Power Reforms but that more efforts would be geared towards improving power generation.
“We agree with the privatisation of the power utilities but we believe it must go further to transmission.
“After the signing and hand-over ceremonies of the power assets, the real work of producing, transmitting and distributing power is really just beginning,’’ the APC presidential candidate said.
He said that his economic policies would be tailored toward promoting the country’s prosperity and creating jobs.
According to him, the economic plans will be practical and that the policies for implementing his administration’s commitments will be governed by the highest consideration of how they create jobs.
Giving a breakdown of his plans, he said that he would create the enabling environment for industries to thrive, adding that the textile mills and similar industries would be revived so as to create jobs for Nigerians.
The APC candidate stressed that he would invest massively in infrastructure and opens opportunities through the construction of highways to link all parts of the country.
“Road construction alone will unlock a value chain of opportunities in the building industry for construction companies, builders, cement and iron rod production and supply.
“The successful opening up of Nigeria through road construction of will revive road transportation, trucks manufacturing and others on one hand.
“It will also create a demand for jobs for mechanics, drivers and those engaged in transport support businesses,’’ Buhari said.
He said that he would promote investment in agriculture to boost food sufficiency and jobs creation.
The retired general, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to invest their trust in him, promising to improve on the nation’s economy beyond their imagination, if elected.
Captains of industries and leading businessmen attended the meeting, which also has leading chieftains of the APC in attendance.