From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to create two million jobs annually if re-elected to steer the ship of the country for the next four years.
President Jonathan made the disclosure in Abeokuta while he was on campaign visit to Ogun State, saying that his government had already initiated moves to partner with private sector towards achieving that aim.
The campaign rally which was held at MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta was boycotted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was once the Board of Trustee Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), former Minister of State for Finance under President Obasanjo, Chief Jubril Martins Kuye, and many chieftains of the party, Governorship aspirant and former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Rafiu Ogunleye with his Imole group.
While highlighting some of the achievements of his administration, President Jonathan said his government has been able to transform the railway sector, agricultural policy of his administration was also boosted .
“All these programmes were carefully pursed to secure the future for the youths, as I said while I was flagging off my campaign in Lagos that our youths most especially students within the ages of 18 to 21 must see that the hope they have in this country is rekindled”, he said.
For the youth, Jonathan said he would send them to the “moon” through the quality education his government would give them.
The President who told his large audience that, his campaign “is for the youth”, stated that his government had established 14 Universities across the federation since assumption of office, saying one of them is for the police while another one is for the Maritime.
According to him, his government had improved quality of education by providing more facilities in the universities.
“We have also done well in the health sector. For example, we have provided modern facilities which have made some of the Teaching Hospitals to perform open heart surgery and kidney transplant”.
President Jonathan noted the Ogun State will continue to benefit from the federal government through the transformation agenda policy of the government.
Speaking on corruption, the President said as much as his government would ensure that law breakers are prosecuted “It is not my priority to build more prisons”.
Apparently referring to General Mohammadu Buhari’s statement that if elected, he would ensure that all guilty corrupt persons are jailed, Jonathan said “It is my prayer that a time will come in Nigeria that there will be no single prison in the country.”
“You have a choice to vote for those who will build more prisons for you or my administration which will build more schools for you.”
He assured Nigerian students that his administration had initiated moves towards reducing school fees, saying “Nigerian students will no more pay any money that is not necessary.