The Federal Government has scored itself highly ahead of tomorrow’s Democracy Day.
At a media briefing in Lagos, yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the administration recorded the most marks in security, economy, infrastructure and anti-corruption.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has achieved a lot in the delivery of dividends of democracy and campaign promises despite the challenges it encountered in the last three years,” he said.
According to the score sheet, the government has taken power generation from the dismal 2,690MW it inherited to 7,000MW and has advanced distributable power to 5,000MW.
It has also moved the country closer to self-sufficiency in rice production, more than any of its predecessors. “We are just two years away from meeting our target production of 6 million metric tonnes of milled rice, meeting Nigeria’s consumption,” Mohammed declared.
Furthermore, the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) was said to have drastically reduced leakages in government spending, just as the whistle blower policy was trumpeted as hugely successful.
Other achievements are: feeding of 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 schools in 24 states and employment of 87,261 cooks; payment of conditional cash transfers of N5,000 monthly to 297,973 of the poorest and most vulnerable households; delivery of 10 million 50kg bags of fertilizer at a low price of N5,500 in 2017 alone; turnaround of the nation’s infrastructure, including power, roads and rail, due to the spending of N2.7 trillion.
The government noted that the economy is back on the path of growth after the 2016-17 recession, firming up at 1.95 per cent in first quarter of 2018.
“To a large extent, security and normalcy have been restored to the North East. The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), aimed at combating trans-border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency, has been rejuvenated, among others.”
According to the Federal Government, “These are just a few of the achievements of the Buhari administration in the past three years.
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.