By Mary Agidi
The Presidential Candidate for the Abundance Renewal Nigerian Party, ANRP, Mr. Tope Fasua has called for the rethink of the 2019 budget by reviewing it upward.
Fasua who made the call during a State meeting in Akure, said the budget should be reviewed upward and target it on important sectors like education, agriculture, and textile rather than for some few people syphoning public fund.
The young ANRP Presidential candidate who said he had already forwarded a petition to President Muhammad uBuhari on this regard noted that Nigeria keeps on increasing with the inclusion of the deportees from Libya, and the reduction of the 2019 budget will bring poverty to the masses”.
“Almost everything is wrong with our budgeting, the budget is not done in a performance-based perspective, the budget is too small, Nigeria has the lowest budget to GDP ratio in the world”. He said.
He noted that what Nigeria is witnessing is economic apartheid which needs urgent intervention, hence, the need for Nigerian youths to make a firm decision come 2019, saying Nigeria cannot wait till 2023 before the desired change is achieved as youths are so under-achieved.
The ANRP Presidential candidate who hails from Akure said he decided to contest for the number one position in order to bring in his experience to change the country, noting that the situation of the country needs urgency.
“I’m contesting because of the urgency of now, we can’t wait anymore, we have waited enough, we’ve seen how bad things are, Nigeria is worst in terms of poverty, child and maternal mortality, and if we see that we have supported people in the past but haven’t performed but have shown that they are only interested in themselves and self-centered.
“I believe base on my ideas, energy, my passion, my clear-mindedness and innocence, I’m going to be a major catalyst to the progress of this country”, he added.
Speaking on the probability of producing young President in Nigeria in the face of vote buying by wealthy candidates, Fasua admitted that himself and other young Presidential Candidates cannot challenge them in monetary aspect but will try their best to convince the masses of the ideas they have to better Nigeria.
“If they give you the money take it but pray on the money because it seems the more Nigerians collect that money, the more they are going backward, it seems that the money is cursed, you don’t know what they have done on the money.