Social Democratic Party (SDP)

A former Minister of Information and legally recognised presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Prof. Jerry Gana, on Saturday launched his 25-page policy document which he tagged SWIFT.

SWIFT stands for: Security re-engineering; Wealth creation; Infrastructure excellence and power supply; Fight against corruption and indiscipline; and Technology, education and human development.

The National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Olu Falae, and many other notable leaders of the party were absent from the event, which took place in Abuja.

Falae, in a statement on Friday, explained that he would not be attending the event because the SDP had challenged the court judgement which installed Gana.

Reading out his policy document, Gana promised to restructure Nigeria along political, social and economic lines, covering the structural, geographic, governmental and financial systems to ensure fairness, equity and justice.

The former minister also promised to create jobs and boost the economy by building a factory in each of the 774 local government areas in the country.

He added, “We will identify and promote the production of highly demanded cash crops for exports, thereby creating wealth for producers.

“We will establish one factory in each of the 774 local government areas based on local resources and competitive advantage.”

In the area of infrastructure, Gana promised that his government would partner the private sector to build first-class super highways connecting major cities such as Lagos and Abuja.

To fight corruption, Gana said he would, “promote the understanding and full compliance of the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to enable Nigerians to keep abreast with the activities of government.”

He also promised to plug all loopholes, ensure full implementation of the Treasury Single Account and develop a robust and sustainable post-retirement reward system for retired public servants as an incentive against corruption.

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