President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda
By Stanley Nkwocha
In his 80-page Renewed Hope policy document released in the build-up to the 2023 general election, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu listed some action plans. Top on his priority lists were national security, economy, agriculture, power, oil and gas, transportation, as well as education.
He said his objective was to foster a new society based on shared prosperity, tolerance, compassion, and the unwavering commitment to handling each citizen with equal respect and due regard.
To ensure his campaign promises unfold into a pleasant reality, the president, at the maiden Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting held in August this year, unveiled a more vivid eight-point agenda to turn around the economy and make life comfortable for all Nigerians.
Since assuming office, President Tinubu has unleashed a flurry of economic diplomacy stemming from his notion that the prestige of any country among the comity of nations is proportionally dependent on its social and economic realities.
This perhaps must have prompted the President to start firing from all cylinders the moment he and Vice President Shettima took their oath of office.
At the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, held in September this year where he delivered his maiden address to the General Assembly, President Tinubu told the world that the greatest economy is Nigeria, with immense investment opportunities.
Some of the high-hanging fruits, which have resonated well with Nigerians, came in handy by way of the recent bumper achievements recorded by the Nigerian delegation under the leadership of President Tinubu to the 3rd Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum in China, as well as the Norman Borlaug International Dialogue, World Food Prize 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America.
In China where significant milestones in the nation’s journey towards economic prosperity were made, Vice President Shettima joined world leaders from over 130 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America at the forum to deliberate on the theme, “High-quality Belt and Road Cooperation:
Together for Common Development and Prosperity.” One of the most significant breakthroughs was China’s renewed commitment to the completion of the long-awaited Lagos – Ibadan, Abuja-Kano and Port-Harcourt – Maiduguri railway projects, as well as the Lagos-Ibadan railway.
The signed Memoranda of Understanding valued at two billion Dollars, alongside the four billion Dollars’ worth of letters of intent, reflects the substantial inflow of foreign direct investment into key sectors such as technology, automotive and infrastructure, underlining the growing confidence of international partners in Nigeria’s economic potential.
These agreements, which include partnerships with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, and various Chinese corporations, are poised to drive job creation, technological advancements, and overall economic diversification.
Furthermore, the agreement on the construction of the Lekki Deep Blue Seaport contract is a testament to the enduring appeal of Nigeria as a premier investment destination.
President Tinubu’s administration’s strategic efforts to create a conducive environment for business and investment have undoubtedly paved the way for these remarkable achievements.
On the other hand, Vice President Shettima has consistently demonstrated his commitment to a united Nigeria where every citizen is treated equally, regardless of their tribe or ethnicity.
His unwavering loyalty to the people of Nigeria is evident in his selfless service and dedication to the betterment of the country.
This is seen in the achievements at the Forum in China and the Dialogue in the United States which are not just a cause for celebration but also a testament to the commitment to Nigeria’s infrastructural development.
The substantial investments and agreements signed during these fora signal a promising future for Nigeria, indicating the emergence of new opportunities and partnerships that would undoubtedly propel the nation towards greater heights.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Salihu Tejumola