The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Tuesday outlined how they would change the fortunes of the country, if elected in the 2023 presidential election.
Kwankwaso, said Nigeria needed a competent, credible and emphatic leader with the experience which he would provide, if elected. He also promised to ensure that all entry examinations into tertiary institutions were free for Nigerians, and parent won’t pay a dime as registration fees for the West African Examination Council, WAEC, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Examination Council.
Kwankwaso spoke at a Town Hall meeting with the business community and Organised Private Sector at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In his 160-page manifesto titled: “My pledges to you. The RMK2023 blueprint,” Kwankwaso noted that aside from ensuring free examination forms, JAMB results under his government will have a lifespan of four years.
He assured that he would mop up the 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria in the next four years, adding that this would be achieved through the launch of half a million classrooms initiative in his first few weeks in office by building 40 blocks of classrooms per local government per annum for the first four years.
Kwankwaso who maintained that examination bodies are not revenue generating agencies and must not operate as such, stressed that an examination body generating income and contributing to the Federation accounts is a misnomer.
In the document, he said: “We believe that majority of Nigerians are justifiably angry about how the very people entrusted with the business of governance betrayed that trust and dragged our country to the present state of despondency, hopelessness and fear.”
“Examination bodies are service agencies that facilitate access to higher education and training for our teaming young population.
“For our administration, no Nigerian child shall be denied the opportunity to write WAEC, NECO, JAMB, etc., because of their inability to pay exorbitant registration/examination fees. These examinations shall be free and all application forms for admission into tertiary education institutions (TEls) shall also be free. These examination bodies will be adequately funded by the Kwankwaso administration.
“The notion that matriculation examination in Nigeria expires after one year will be stopped forthwith. JAMB results under the Kwankwaso government will have a lifespan of four years and TEIs will be required to accept these results for the purposes of admission.”
Speaking on insecurity, Kwakwanso who promised that an addition of 750,000 personnel will be recruited into the armed forces, said that the Nigeria Police Force would also be built to one million active service men and women.
Tinubu and Kwankwaso spoke as two members of the Organised Private Sector, OPS, tasked the 18 presidential candidates for the 2023 election not to focus on paperwork or manifestos alone but adopt practical approaches to solve Nigeria’s problems in their campaigns.