The victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 2023 polls has generated a great deal of interest and speculation. Tinubu, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table as a seasoned politician with a long history of public service, could address some of the most pressing issues facing the country today.
Tinubu could potentially bring about a number of changes and initiatives aimed at improving the economic, social, and political landscape of the country. In these circumstances, there are several possible projects that a Tinubu administration could focus on, ranging from introducing a functional and innovative healthcare system to formulating market-friendly policies.
By examining these potential projects, we can gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Nigeria, and what a Tinubu presidency could mean for the country’s future. Let’s dive in:
A Functional, innovative healthcare system
Tinubu who has a track record of monumental achievements in the Lagos healthcare sector could invest in healthcare infrastructure, increase funding for medical research, and promote healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of disease in Nigeria. Before his win, he promised that if he becomes Nigeria’s next President, he will transform the health care system into one that is accessible, affordable and delivers quality service to people irrespective of their status and geographical location.
He disclosed this at a symposium organised by the Healthcare Transformation Coalition (HTC) with the theme, “Repositioning the Healthcare Sector: Creating the Pathway to an Effective Health System” in Abuja. Tinubu also pledged to ensure the proper utilization of funds meant for the health sector and put in place a fully functional healthcare system in Nigeria. This could put an end to the many lives that have been lost in time past because of the country’s poor healthcare system.
Education loans for youths
This could be another focus area of Tinubu’s presidency. Speaking after the declaration of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tinubu promised to introduce education loans and credit facilities as part of efforts to develop the education sector and also build the youth capacity. He also said, “no more strikes in the nation’s tertiary institution.”
Also, Tinubu at the British Royal Institute in London said since youths are the greatest asset of tomorrow, the education system is to change. He said, “we would overhaul it and tinker with some areas with the philosophy that no one would be left behind. There will be student loans for all. We are going to reform the Almajiri system, We are equally going to build more schools, recruit more teachers and train them.” Tinubu’s promise could possibly involve the provision of access to educational resources and technology, improving the quality of the curriculum, and developing new programs to support student success.
Introduce market-friendly policies
Tinubu could introduce policies that can favour the exchange market and trade. Tinubu who has been described as a creative economist earlier promised to optimise the foreign exchange and strengthen the naira. Ahead of his victory, Bloomberg reported that Five Nigerian bonds ranked among the 10 best performers on Monday. This comes as investors bet Tinubu will offer reforms to pull Africa’s largest economy out of a fiscal mess.
The chief economist at Gemcorp Capital Management in London, Simon Quijano-Evan said, “Markets seem to be increasingly pricing in a Tinubu win, given the expectations that he could push through reforms quicker than others, but it is difficult to see this holding if the election winner is unable to quickly turn around the macro story with visible reforms and personnel changes.” Tinubu could take the unpopular decisions required to boost government revenue, stabilize the currency and cut down debt.
Promote community-based policing programmes
Another area that Tinubu could prioritize is security reform, such as improving the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies, reducing crime rates, and combating terrorism. This is as the President-elect promised to give top priority to state police and ensure that more booths are put on the ground to be able to deal with the challenges of banditry, terrorism and other violent crimes bedevilling the country.
Asiwaju who promised to reform the Nigeria Police Force also hinted that he would free police officers from being security or orderlies for Very Important Personality. He added that police personnel on such duties would be replaced by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officers. All of these promises could generate programmes that would keep Nigerians secure.
Tinubu could focus on investing in roads, railways, airports, and seaports to improve transportation networks and promote economic growth. This is according to one of his campaign promises, which he recommitted to fulfilling during his acceptance speech today. Asiwaju said, “the framework on Infrastructure in our Renewed Hope action plan encapsulates, among others, the renewal and expansion of the existing stock of our national infrastructure. This means sound transport networks across the country, modern ports and reduced transportation costs for Nigerians.”
The president-elect also promised to build high-capacity telecommunications networks to facilitate faster communication across a wider expanse of the national territory. All these and more could form possible projects in Tinubu’s administration if he keeps to his campaign promises.
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