By KUNLE JOB, BEST OFORI.
The 11th edition of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium was held in Abuja on March 29, 2019, in commemoration of the 67th birthday of the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Apparently elated by the victory of his party at the polls, Tinubu thanked everyone around for giving him a befitting birthday and that the victory couldn’t have come at a better time.
This year, the Bola Tinubu Colloquium focused on jobs, infrastructure and the economy. The objective was to outline and showcase the government efforts to add millions of jobs over the next four years through policies and investment in agriculture, energy and industrialization.
The APC leader acknowledge the prime place of power in the industrialization and growth of any economy. According to him, when there is regular and affordable power supply, industrial growth will be driven to unassailable height.
“Affordable and reliable power will drive the industrialization that shall provide jobs in our cities and produce needed goods for all our people”.
Tinubu lauded the government infrastructure drive. “Government should continue to aggressively implement it’s national infrastructure plan. We must commit ourselves to a national highway system linking our major cities and towns, our centre of commerce, cut costs and bring Nigerians closer together”.
Asiwaju also highlights the place of a well distributed and channelled water system across the country. This according to him, is to forestall drought in vulnerable areas, as well as flooding in other parts, taking cognisance of the great stretch of the country, from the coast of the forest to the savannah and arid Sahara belt. Water availability will improve modern agriculture and encourage industrialization.
He also emphasis the position of cash phrase ‘ Next Level’ in the face of global economic reality. “Consumer spending is slipping. Aggregate private debt has attained historical level. America and China are in a trade tug of war. Brexit looms imminent. Whatever form Brexit takes, economic dislocation will emerge from the political confusion now underway”.
He stressed the need for the people to be pragmatic in approach to socio-economic issues staring us in the face. ” Wisdom requires that we accept reality instead of obscuring it under the cloak of wishful thinking. We must build policies that interact with the world as it is, and not the world as it should be”.
“The middle class in most countries is shrinking, wages stagnate, while prices are on a ceaseless march upward”.
He said the ‘Next level’ must be seen as part of the global and historic dynamics and an initiative to prepare the people for the jobs of the future through education and skills development.
PROPOSED INCREASE IN VAT.
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu asked the Federal Government to put a huge question mark in the planned increase in Value Added Tax, saying it will be an attempt to further tax the ordinary man in the country.
Tinubu said government should widen the tax NWT and ensure all those Nigerians who have refused to pay their tax are made to do so as a way of raising revenue for government.
He said increasing VAT at this stage will not help the ordinary man in the country, adding that those in charge of generating revenue for the country must begin to think of other sources of revenue.
By KUNLE JOB, BEST OFORI.