The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for next year elections in Niger State, Alhaji Mohammadu Umaru Bago, has stated that he will increase the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state by 30 percent in his first year if he emerges the governor of the state in the election.
Bago made the promise yesterday when he met journalists for the first time since he picked the ticket of the party last week.
The APC standard bearer, who did not give details of the plan because “I have a blue print that I will soon be unveiled,” added that: “I will come out with a robust plan that will revive the economy,” submitting also that his administration will be “women-friendly, and will provide employment for the youths in the state.
“We will look for a way that within six months, youths will be engaged gainfully,” adding that the state has the capability to generate N30billion monthly to fund the scheme.
Bago also promised to tackle insecurity in the state, “so that people in areas under terrorists and bandits’ attacks will return to their ancestral homes and begin normal lives,” insisting that conventional and unconventional approaches will be adopted to check insecurity in the state.
The APC standard bearer said if he becomes the governor in 2023, “it is going to be a new Niger State project,” and therefore, called for collaboration between him and the media in the state.
He disclosed that he would construct a journalist village in the state where all facilities would be available for members of the media and their families.
“We want positive criticism, as it is the only way we will know where we are going,” he added.
Commenting on incessant strikes by Labour organisations in Nigeria, Bago said he believed that new ways should be adopted by workers to agitate for their rights in the interest of the development of the state and the country.