Watch: Nigerian presidential candidate Peter Obi on his plans to transform Nigeria’s economy
Nigeria’s presidential candidate Peter Obi says he will create one of the fastest growing economies in Africa “with a new model that is truly African”, during a launch event in Lagos.
He said Nigeria needs a better education system and the new educational curriculum he is spearheading is in line with his vision for education in Nigeria.
He described a new way of educating Nigerian youth by building their competency into skills and turning knowledge into action.
He described his plans to transform Nigeria’s education system as one of the solutions to the country’s problems.
“I started my career as an engineer, trained in the United States in engineering.
“I’ve been running this election to re-institutionalise the values of education and education as a profession.
“And I’ve been running this election, to make education more relevant in society and in Africa,” he said.
The presidential candidate said his goal of creating the fastest growing economy in Africa by 2030 was a dream.
He said the government must create economic growth, “because growth is what lifts your country out of poverty”.
He said if the government can do it, the private sector can do the same.
He said the government’s vision and values must be “put into practice”.
“Our dream is to make education a career but it can also be a way of life,” he said.
He described his vision for education as one in which “everyone has the opportunity to participate in the economy”.
“The people who graduate are not the only ones who contribute, but the people who live here contributes as well,” he said.
He said there is a need for the government to ensure that all school students are given the tools necessary to be able to compete in the labour market.
“You do not need to be a genius to be a successful Nigerian,” he said.
He said he did not have the power to change the world but he had the power to create a better one.
“I can create a better life for Nigeria by creating economic growth, by creating jobs and businesses,” he said.
“What do you call job creation in developing economies where you pay the lowest wages? What do you call business creation in developing economies where all you have to pay is the basic wage in the country?
“This is why