Party To Focus On Agric, Culture To Boost Economy, Acting National Chairman, Justice Must Prevail Party (JMPP), Mr Olusegun Ijagbemi, says the party will focus on agriculture and cultural to make Nigeria better.
Ijagbemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the party would ensure that farmers had access to modern technology in order to make farming attractive.
He said that there were many opportunities in applying information and communication technology (ICT) to improve farming.
According to him, agriculture in Nigeria is something that needs a lot of improvement and it is a great and fundamental sector in promoting the economy of the country.
“Nigeria, with its vast agricultural resources needs to operate an economy that is not so much dependent on petroleum but rather on a diversified economy,’’ Ijagbemi said.
He said that the country’s vast and rich culture would be strategically repositioned to partner tourism as its driver in lifting the economy, adding that tourism could not flourish effectively without cultural components.
The chairman said that Nigeria stood a great chance to boost it economy if it could focus more on “cultural tourism’’.
“Nigeria can forge a solid partnership with foreign countries for culture and tourism in developing and marketing its potential to boost patronage of locally-made things.
“Museums provide vital information and entertainment to visitors as they embody the cultural heritage of a people, which foreign tourists are usually interested in exploring,’’ he said.
Ijagbemi said that the party had the mission of love and peace for every Nigerian irrespective of ethnic background, religion, profession, gender or race.
He said that due to corruption, socio-economic infrastructure including roads, electricity, health and water, in Nigeria were built only for temporary use.
He promised that the party would rebuild the entire nation on best possible security architecture, “permanent and enduring legacies with the best quality of infrastructure’’ that will be comparable to other nations’.
Ijagbemi said that the party would fight impunity in the mismanagement of national wealth and assets.
“All the party members are expected to be leaders not politicians.
“Politicians pollute the nation with their stolen money to draw the nation backwards while leaders lead with integrity and uprightness to move the nation forward,’’ he said.
He added that the party’s government would introduce payment of 10 per cent of her Gross National Income (GNI) as “Zakat’’ to a fund to cater for the less-privileged.
“The Zakat is to be given to those who are less fortunate and do not have sufficient means to live their lives in a standard way.
“These include widows, orphans, almanjiris, persons with disability, persons above 70 years, Priests and Imams, the poor and the needy,’’ he said.
Ijagbemi said that JMPP’s vision was to establish a party that would stimulate and re-nurture a society that had zero tolerance to corruption.
“The party will also enthrone goodwill and peace for efficient mobilization of human and material resources of the country for the benefit of the citizenry,’’ he said.
Ijagbemi said that the party was determined to ensure the take-over of Nigeria’s leadership by the younger generations as well as enhance women’s participation in politics by 35 per cent to 50 per cent and above.
According to him, JMPP will facilitate the participation of Nigerians in Diaspora for the transfer of knowledge, resources, skills and the promotion of Diaspora voting.
He stressed that the party was the only way to completely eliminate corruption “and have a new Nigeria’’.