The Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu has promised to devote 20 per cent of the budget to education and 15 per cent for health if elected in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
Moghalu who spoke at a book reading event organised in his honour by the Book Readers Club of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP), gave a glimpse into his plans for Nigeria’s education and health sectors, if elected president in 2019.
The programme was chaired by Chief Felix Adenaike.
At the event, Moghalu’s book, “Build, Innovate and Grow, My Vision for Our Country”, which outlines the author’s plans for a better Nigeria by dissecting each sector.
It stated that the problems with the sectors and the solutions required were discussed and reviewed.
While fielding questions from participants, Moghalu said if elected president, he said, “I would devote 20 per cent of the budget to education and 15 per cent for health.”
On education, Moghalu said he has a three-pronged reforms plan to fix the country’s broken education sector.
He said he would undertake reforms in teacher training, investment in curriculum and educational infrastructure.
Moghalu explained further that teachers would be retrained and recertified in order to be equipped with modern and relevant skills.
On curriculum, he stated that technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training will get more investment, while modern learning and teaching facilities will be given urgent attention.
Moghalu who also spoke extensively on leadership, nation building, economy and foreign policy, promised to set up world class hospitals in the six geo-political zones in the country and prevent brain drain in the health sector.
The presidential aspirant, a political economist, lawyer and former United Nations official, was a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, between 2009 and 2014.
He challenged Nigerians to go online and compare his profile with those of previous presidents and presidential aspirants currently in the race with him.
The book reviewer, Dr. Chima Amadi, described the book as a vital document being a presidential aspirants plan for a nation.
One of the many ideas Moghalu espoused in the 25-chapter book is the ratification of a world view charter by the federating units in Nigeria. He proposed “Nigeria, one nation, one destiny”.
Amadi however pointed out that Moghalu did not bring clarity to how his world view approach will deal with the reality of Nigeria’s delicate politics, “given that most of the over 80 million registered voters in the next elections, due to a chronic lack of education, will be guided by the same tainted view that he desecrates.”
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