Kingsley Moghalu’s BIG (Build, Innovate and Grow) Vision for Our Country
If elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019 I will take the following actions:
- Uphold high ethical and moral standards of governance
- Lead by example based on the principles of transformative governance
- Personally hold town hall meetings across the country to communicate a new vision of leadership and governance in Nigeria
- Empower the “Office of the Citizen” to hold the government and governance accountable
- Organize and execute intensive leadership training for the leadership of all political parties in Nigeria in order to begin to inculcate the true meaning and values of leadership
- Establish a Worldview Charter (“One Nation, One Destiny”) setting out a philosophical foundation for the Nigerian state and a statement of collective national ambition
- Make the Worldview Charter a core part of the national educational curriculum in primary and secondary education
- Constitute a merit-based and inclusive government
- Ready on Day One to hit the ground running
- Reduce recurrent expenditure to 50% and increase capital spending to 50% within two years
- Govern with strategy (professional strategy management and execution discipline) for transformative outcomes
- De-politicize and strengthen the independence of institutions of state
- Principles of corporate governance will guide the governance and operations of public sector institutions
- Fight corruption with impartiality and accountability that will begin with officials of my government
- Make the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission independent of the Presidency
- Combat corruption more effectively with value-system education and re-orientation, plugging systemic loopholes, improved public service remuneration, and the establishment of social safety nets
- Ensure the teaching of Nigerian history in all secondary schools, with an emphasis on the lessons of history as a forward-looking nation-building tool
- Promote and ensure gender equality in access to education for young girls, access to finance and women’s marital protection rights
- Combat violence against women
- Execute a policy of 50:50 gender parity in political appointments and encourage stronger representation of women in the elective legislative arms of government
- Promote social and culture change in society through laws and education
- Mainstream gender equity by promoting the role of men in ensuring gender equality
- Prioritize the urgent implement of the National Youth Policy of 2009, with particular emphasis on youth literacy programs, youth employment, supporting youth with disabilities, and curbing drug abuse, crime, and cultism.
- Encourage the participation of youth in democratic processes, politics and leadership in order to ensure that leadership in Nigeria is regenerative and intergenerational
- Utilize the immense human capital in the Nigerian Diaspora as a strategic tool for economic and social transformation
- Institutionalize Diaspora engagement through the National Commission on the Diaspora established by a legislation of the National Assembly
- Develop and implement an effective strategy for medium to longer term Diaspora engagement and return
- Establish a Diaspora Fund to finance the Diaspora engagement strategy
- Advocate for Diaspora voting abroad in Nigerian national elections to be instituted by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) at the soonest possible time, in any case no later than the 2023 national elections
- Commence and complete a process of constitutional restructuring of Nigeria towards true federalism between 2019 and 2021 in partnership with the National Assembly and State Assemblies, restructuring the federating units into regions, with ownership of natural resources vesting in such regions as they may be found, and regional or state police to ensure more effective national security
- Redefine the concept of national security away from narrow, specific threats to a more broad-based, interlocking one
- Comprehensive reform of the Nigerian Police Force: increasing NPF strength from 350,000 strength to a minimum of 1.5 million policemen and women, re-training, recruitment process reform, increased specialization, and upward review of remuneration of members of the police force
- Establish an economic philosophy from which Nigeria’s economic vision will be derived. Such a vision will make clear the respective roles of the state and the market, and its position on capitalism and its various adaptations – entrepreneurial, crony capitalism, state capitalism, and welfare capitalism. The economic ecosystem will operate and be managed within this framework.
- Create an enabling environment for an innovation-driven economy through appropriate laws and policy.
- Overhaul economic management with the establishment of a full-time Council of Economic Advisers, headed by a Chairman that will serve as Chief Economic Adviser that researches and monitors the economy 24/7 and advises the President on actions to take to enhance economic growth. This council, composed of 5 or 6 members, will be Nigeria’s economic team.
- Establish a concrete economic diversification plan with a concrete path to a post-oil future for Nigeria, based on emerging global trends. This plan, akin to the Saudi Arabian government’s economic diversification plan, should include a clear strategy with interlinked policies – trade, industrial, fiscal – and far-reaching structural and governance reforms of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that could include partial privatization (with share listed on the stock exchange for purchase by ordinary Nigerians and not by government-related cronies). In doing so, the interests of local communities in oil-producing regions must be protected – for example, by ensuring a set-aside in private ownership of the NNPC by members of the communities in the oil-producing regions).
- To create millions of jobs within a four to five-year period, establish a public-private partnership venture capital fund to support job-creation through access to entrepreneurship capital. This fund should be established with not less than N500 billion, with contributions from the federal government and private sector funders, and be run on a for-profit basis as a private company by private sector managers. Mutual accountabilities must be established between the government and private sector partners, and for the operating entity.
- Design and implement a fundamental overhaul of Nigeria’s educational system to cut that the system’s propensity to produce graduates little or no employable skills. A two-track educational system should be established at secondary school level, one track going into vocational skills training, the other going into tertiary institutions reconfigured to produce graduates in applied technology and entrepreneurship subjects in a ratio of 70:30 to nontechnology or entrepreneurship subjects.
- Encourage increased foreign investment in education and human capital development.
- Follow the ownership trail of Nigeria’s estimated 140 million mobile telephone lines to bring operators in the informal economy in the tax net and the formal economy. This approach will generate dramatically increased internal revenue and reduce the need for external indebtedness. In return, my government will enter into, and deliver on a solemn social contract with the Nigerian people to provide our citizens with the most basic goods of security, access to education and quality healthcare, and infrastructure.
- The Constitution of Nigeria should be amended to make the Development Bank of Nigeria a first-line charge to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation. This will enable the Bank to provide funding for big-ticket infrastructure items at single-digit interest rates.
- Power policy will prioritize industrial clusters such as Aba, Kano, Lagos, Nnewi, and Onitsha. Investments and incentives will be established in renewable energy that can serve households.
- Propose a constitutional amendment repealing the Land Use Act. Doing so will help improve access to capital in the economic system because freehold land ownership will provide additional levels of collateral for bank or other forms of borrowing to start businesses.
- Demonstrate political commitment to health system transformation.
- Establish one world-class hospital in each of the six geopolitical zones
- Undertake a fundamental review of Nigerian foreign policy, linking it to a national worldview and addressing the domestic national circumstances that undermine effective foreign policy and power projection.
- Reform of the Nigerian Foreign Service with emphasis on re-professionalization, training, greatly increased funding for the Foreign Service, and the establishment of a Foreign Service Commission in recognition of the unique needs and circumstances of the Foreign Service.
- A career to non-career ration of 70:30 in the appointment of ambassadors, with non-career ambassadors to undergo intensive training in diplomacy and international affairs.