A presidential aspirant of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Prof. Benedicta Egbo, has pledged to deploy modern technology to tackling the nation’s security challenges.
She gave the pledge on Thursday after obtaining her expression of interest and nomination forms at the NRM national Secretariat in Abuja.
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The Canadian trained professor of education lamented that Nigeria problems keep her awake and has been thinking on how she can act to save the country from sinking.
The Delta State-born academia also said that she will develop a robust national plan to deliver good governance, unity and improve the living standard of Nigerians if elected president in 2023.
She also unveiled a campaign hinged on five pillars of economic growth, regeneration, poverty alleviation, Labour and power sector reform
She said, “I will tackle insecurity and unite the country. We will leverage the power of the arm forces and address insecurity. We will deploy technology for that purpose.
“Poverty will be addressed, welfare programme will be introduced, labour will be encouraged and review the wages. How can a minimum wage be N30,000, an amount for a bag of rice? We can’t move forward until we have peace and security.
“I will strengthen institutions. We have institutions that are no longer relevant. Some institutions are so weak that we don’t even need them. Individuals are now greater than institutions. That is why we will adhere to the rule of law. No one will be above the law and the law will be applied to everyone,” Egbo said.
She lamented the ongoing ASUU strike and the rot in the education sector, vowing to turn around the education sector within 18 months.
She said, “There is hunger in the land, poverty, but a political party is selling form at N100m. A political party that has been borrowing.”
In his remarks, the NRM National Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Halilu Jikamshi said, “History is in the making with cries everywhere, where people are crying for alternatives. We cannot sit down as citizens with conscience and allow that to happen. We have to stand up and ensure that we rescue the country.”
He decried the spate of unemployment in the country, saying that children of the ‘big men’ are schooling abroad and the citizenry children are at home.
“Prof. Benedicta left all the way from Canada to rescue Nigeria. We must support her because she is determined to take the mantle of leadership of this country.
“As a professor, she has raised children, as a mother, she raised children. She can’t allow the country to slide, that is why she is here to pick the form. The time she wins, Nigerian people will know there is something better.
“She will do what we men have failed to do. We are confident from her track record, she will do well. I am sure that Nigerians will change positively and come out with medication that will treat our ailments,” Jikamshi said.
He also lamented the humongous N100m All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential expression of interest forms, that the monies used for the forms emanate from public coffers.
He said, “Those who are ministers and governors are picking forms at N100m. All those monies is from the government.
“As a speak, elections can’t be held in 10 Katsina LGA with a boundary with Zamfara. People who were using the train, they were kidnapped, others killed. What kind of nation are we?”
Prof. Egbo’s husband who accompanied his wife at the occasion, Chief Felix Egbo, said his wife, has Nigeria at heart, hence her quest to contest the nation’s presidency to make Nigeria great.