Buhari government has achieve what no government has achieve in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

Buhari administration was, yesterday, counting
its successes after three years, saying no administration has
equalled it in doing so much with so little. Speaking at a press
conference in Lagos, the Minister of Information, Culture and
Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, enumerated what he described as
the administration’s strides in infrastructure, security, social
security, power, anti-corruption among others.

While noting that no inch of Nigerian territory was currently
occupied by insurgents, Mohammed said the administration’s
successes had become evident to all with the resumption of flight
services to Maiduguri. Listing some of the achievements of the
Buhari administration, Mohammed said: “In just three years, the
Buhari administration has taken power generation to an all-time
high of 7,000 Mega Watts, from the 2690 which we inherited. “In
just three years, this Administration has moved Nigeria closer to
self-sufficiency in rice more than any Administration before it.

It’s just two years away from meeting its target production of 6
million MT of milled rice, meeting Nigeria’s consumption. “In just
three years, this administration has increased the number of rice
farmers from 5 million to an all-time high over 11 million “In just
three years, this Administration has cut Nigeria’s rice import bill of
$1.65 billion annually by 90%, the highest such cut ever. “In just
three years, this Administration has slashed leakages in
government spending that made corruption possible, thanks to the
diligent implementation of the Treasury Singles Account, TSA, and
the hugely-successful Whistle-Blower Policy “In just three years,
this Administration is feeding 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 schools
in 24 states, employing 87,261 cooks in the process. “In just three
years, this Administration has been paying conditional cash
transfer of N5,000 monthly to 297,973 poorest and most
vulnerable households. “In just three years, this Administration has
delivered 10 million, 50kg bags of fertiliser at a low price N5,500
(for 2017 alone). The country now has annual savings of US$200
million in foreign exchange and 60 billion annually in budgetary
provisions for Fertilizer subsidies.

“In just three years, this administration is turning around the
nation’s infrastructural fortunes, including power, roads and rail,
thanks to the unprecedented N2.7 trillion ($9 billion) that has been
spent on infrastructure.” The achievements he said were against
the background of the security threats inherited from the preceding
administration that saw the Boko Haram insurgent group occupy a
portion of the country equal to the size of Lebanon.

In the fight against corruption, he said that the Whistle Blowing
Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December
2016, N13.8bn from tax evaders, N7.8bn, $378million, £27,800 in
recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers.
Mohammed said that the Buhari administration had been able to
ensure return to normal life in the Northeast with the resumption of
air flights and sporting activities to the region he said had been
cleared of Boko Haram insurgents.

“Where many saw challenges, we saw opportunities. Where many
saw impossibilities, we saw possibilities. We surmounted every
opposition on our path to deliver on our promises to Nigerians.
While naysayers pretended to be blind to our achievements,
Nigerians who are being positively impacted by the good works of
President Buhari applaud and appreciate our efforts, from the
feedback we are getting. “They know that no government in the
history of our country has ever done so much with so little. They
know and acknowledge the sincerity, transparency and
accountability of the Buhari Administration.

They know and support the Administration’s diversification effort,
which is paying off. We must be able to own our own future. “We
cannot be a hostage to oil price or production levels. That means
taking back control of our economy and making it productive, and
delivering value for ALL of our people. That’s exactly what we are
doing. “By building an economy that is no longer reliant on income
from one commodity, thanks to the ongoing diversification
process, we will be creating a sustainable basis for long-term and
inclusive growth for ALL. “We are keenly aware that Government
must be accountable, and this government is very accountable. We
are providing security, we are providing an enabling environment
for business and we are delivering strong and effective public
services.”

3 Comments

  1. Nice update

  2. Ok

  3. Good update.

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