The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Ababakar, has promised youths and women 40 percent inclusion in his government if he is entrusted with the mandate to preside over the affairs of the country from next year.
He also assured them that he is committed to enthroning an enduring legacy to them..
Atiku Abubakar spoke today, August 3, when he received at his residence in Abuja, a delegation of the executive members of the PDP New Generation, led by its Director-General, Audu Mahmud
The PDP Presidential candidate referred to his policy document of 40 percent inclusion of women and youths in government positions if elected, even as he noted that with the 35 percent affirmative action on women as contained in the Beijing Conference document, he would make the needed adjustment to accommodate the youth and the women segments of the population.
Atiku Abubakar said that it was only in the PDP era that the 35 percent affirmative action plan on women was implemented in the country and that the APC administration never honoured that policy.
He decried the vulnerable situation of the youths today even as he promised to remedy it.
He said that education will be an integral pillar of his policy agenda to empower the youths and advance the practice of democracy in the country.
He regretted that the institutions and policy frameworks the PDP government put in place have been mismanaged by the APC administration.
Atiku recognized the place of youths in nation building, stressing that he will, in tandem with the needs of the times, run an inclusive government that is sensitive to our diversities in all ramifications.
The leader of the delegation, Audu Mahmud said that Atiku Abubakar is a veritable source of inspiration to the youths of the country, and expressed confidence in his ability to fix the broken socio-economic and political fabric of the country to the benefit of all Nigerians.