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Know Your Candidate: Obadiah Mailafia - ADC

All you need to know about Obadiah Mailafia, the presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the 2019 Nigeria elections

Obadiah Mailafia once served as deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria / Photo credit: Faces International
Obadiah Mailafia once served as deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria / Photo credit: Faces International

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia - African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Qualifications

  • Career economist, banker and international development specialist with over 25 years of experience
  • Served as deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Served as special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on economic and policy matters
  • Official of African Development Bank Group

Policy positions

Security:
He plans to modernize the police force and strengthen intelligence gathering capacity. He wants to develop a relationship between the military and industry to encourage research and innovation.

Economy:
He believes Nigeria does not lack ideas, for the blueprints for economic development are already out in the public. The most recent, he says, is the National Economic Recovery Document, 2017-2020, which he plans to implement. He is an advocate of human capital development as an engine for economic growth.

Education:
He promises to reform education in the country and increase the literacy rate. National development, he believes, can only be achieved through intellectual capital development.

Health:
He wants to tackle the high rate of maternal mortality.

Corruption:
The ADC candidate plans to embark on institutional reforms for efficiency in the management of public resources as a way of reducing corruption.

Strength

He is an experienced policymaker in both international and local organizations.

Weakness

He is not a known politician, has no political structure or following.

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