A gubernatorial aspirant in Imo State, Prince Daniel Kanu has urged the federal government to revisit and update Vision 2010 with a view to producing a workable roadmap to be codenamed Vision 2030 for the country’s rapid development.
Kanu, who is running on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) regretted that successive governments discarded Vision 2010 which was formulated during the Sani Abacha regime.
He stated that Abacha’s government might have done some things wrong but swiftly gave it kudos for convoking a248-member National Constitution Conference that came up with Vision 2010.
‘This was the right thing he did. The conference came up with Vision 2010. It was for the interest of the country. If you read it, not one sentence mentioned Abacha, 248 eminent Nigerians drafted the document. It was meant to make Nigeria a developed country. It would have reduced poverty, but its rejection made the country to go on a spiral descent to the abyss’, he said.
Kanu noted that at the time of formulation of the vision, a dollar was ‘exchanging for N22, but is now N360; petrol was selling N11 per litre but now N145; prices have gone up by about 1,000%, income by only about 100%. We owe our kids explanation for our failing. We owe the youth explanation on how we got to where we are at present”.
The aspirant canvassed the formulation of Vision 2030, which would be an offshoot of Vision 2010 for the country.
He maintained that the absence of a blueprint was responsible for the country’s stunted growth and development.
‘Where were we? Where are we now? Where are we going? We can’t afford to play politics with our development. We need to have a Project Nigeria. I am calling on Nigerians to get Vision 2030, an offshoot of Vision 2010. Upgrade and update it to the current reality. We must have a roadmap for success; you cannot build a house without a blueprint. If you do, you keep demolishing. That is what is happening to Nigeria. We are building a nation without a blueprint.
And any nation built without a blueprint will continue to suffer setbacks, the foundation will continue to collapse, and we keep going back to square one. If we have a vision, no president can mess up because there is already a laid-down blueprint’.
The leader of the defunct Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA) movement that organized a 2million-man-march for the late general in Abuja pledged to turn Imo into a venture capital state if voted in as its next governor.
He explained that his government would harness and invest in its young persons with great ideas, adding that with government having about 49% equity in ventures established under the scheme, dependence on federal allocations would be a thing of the past.