By Seriki Adinoyi in Jos
A youth vying for presidency in the 2019 election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bishop Igomu has declared that Nigerian youths cannot afford to continue to wait till 2023 before they rescue the country from misrule it has suffered from past and present leaders.
Igomu, who was reacting to President Mohammadu Buhariâ€™s admonition that youths should hold on till after 2019, however lauded the passage of the Not-Too-Young-To-Rule bill into law describing it as heartwarming.
Igomu, a Medical Doctor from Benue State, who has practiced in Nigeria and the United States America (USA) lamented the sufferings of Nigerians despite the abundant human and natural resources the nation is blessed with.
Interacting with journalists in Jos, Plateau State, the aspirant said he was already consulting with relevant stakeholders across the country to garner support, urging the youths to get set for a positive spark to turn around the nationâ€™s fortunes.
He said the standard of education in Nigeria urgently needs a review and upgrade to the worldâ€™s best practice that attracts students and scholars to schools and institutions abroad.Â
Igomu said, â€œThe youths of this country have all it takes to take Nigeria higher. We will achieve this by immensely improving on the basic needs and wants of our teachers, the infrastructural needs of all schools and institutions, and our society as a whole.
â€œWhen elected, my administration will among many other projects not curb sky-rocketing tuition fees. Also, every student will automatically qualify for a federal studentâ€™s loans scheme that will cater for tuition and other fees.â€
He also said he would make farming and agriculture fashionable again if elected as President of Nigeria
â€œThe era of farming small pieces of farmland the size of a football turf by lone farmers and their families, using simple tools like hoes and cutlasses will no longer dot the Nigerian landscape if i am elected as President of Nigeria.
â€œThe Agricultural ministry will operate out of 7-8 regional federal buildings, including Abuja, catering for the needs of individual farmers and all farmlands in Nigeria; assisting with federal funds, technical know-hows, hastening the adoption of modern and mechanized farming methods across the nation, identifying and developing potential farmlands for allocation to trained farmers.
â€œThe regional offices, according to Igomu, will also encourage the use of natural and man-made irrigations for all year round farming, the use of high yielding/disease resistant crop seeds and seedlings.
â€œThese regional offices will also initiate the building of huge federal harvest processing and storage facilities, with rail tracks connecting all storage centers with farmlands, with other storage sites and with the rest of the country. Farming will no longer be the fallback-to occupation for majority of the rural dwellers.â€