Buhari to Nigerians: Vote govt of your choice

February 22, 2019 TheNation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday morning again appealed to Nigerians to come out on Saturday to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice.

In doing this, the President urged them to vote for the government that will lead Nigeria toward its finest destiny.

He made the call

Buhari to Nigerians: Vote govt of your choice

 in a national broadcast this morning.

Buhari said “As your President, I hereby ask all Nigerians with voting cards to participate in defining the future of our nation by exercising your democratic rights tomorrow. I urge you to go out and vote.

“I say this because elections are the cornerstone of representative governance. And voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them.

“It is only upon the freely expressed will of the people that government truly dedicated to the welfare, rights and interests of the people can be founded.

“You will be able to vote in an atmosphere of openness and peace, devoid of fear from threat or intimidation. Tomorrow is an encounter with history in which you, the people, shall affirm your collective belief in our national greatness and in our future.

“I ask that you embrace and hold on to the importance of the moment soon to be upon us. Honour your civic duty as voters by going to the polls tomorrow to vote for the government of your choice, for the government that will lead Nigeria toward its finest destiny.

“As citizens there is no greater duty than this and no greater honour. Tomorrow, I know you will once again make Nigeria proud of its people.” he said

The President urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by anyone from exercising their rights as citizens and voters tomorrow.
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To vote, he said, means that they believe in Nigeria and the excellent things the future holds for the nation and its people.

He added “No matter our political leanings, we all believe in Nigeria, in the noble principles for which it stands and in the values we strive for our beloved nation to uphold.

“All who are able, must vote so that we may better perfect this democracy and continue to build the greater nation we seek. Do not be afraid of rumours of violence and unrest.”

According to him, the security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate security measures are in place.

While noting that democracy is the most beneficial way to select a nation’s leaders, he said that it is far from the easiest thing to achieve and maintain.

He said that it requires a combination of patience, tolerance, compassion, diligence, wisdom and hope.

“These traits exist in us the Nigerian people. Because of who we are, democracy has the chance to flourish in this land.

“Thus, I commend all of you for your patience and peaceful conduct so far during this electoral season and especially during this intervening week following the postponement of the February 16 elections.

“Many were worried and thought the worst might happen. You proved them wrong by showing that you are a great people with an abiding love for peace, democracy and the unity of our country.

“According to the daily INEC public briefings given this week, the Electoral Commission says it is ready and fully prepared to conduct the election in a free, fair and transparent manner. I believe INEC realises the profound and weighty duty that rests upon it.”

The President urged Nigerians to have faith that INEC will this time rise to the occasion.

He said “We must cast aside doubt and have faith that INEC will rise to the occasion. We must believe and encourage INEC to fulfill and honour this responsibility it owes to our country.”

Buhari also assured the international, domestic monitors and observers of their safety and freedom of movement needed to perform their important functions.

While thanking domestic monitors and observers for their contributions to Nigeria’s democracy, the President also thanked the international groups for their friendship and concern for the nation.

“We appreciate their efforts in encouraging us to further entrench and strengthen our democracy.” he said

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Why Buhari deserves a second term – US Government Published 100 Achievements of Buhari’s Administration

 

 

Why Buhari deserves a second term – US Government Published 100 Achievements of Buhari’s Administration

The United States Government website has published about 100 achievements of Buhari administration. They also urged Nigerians to consider the re-election of President Buhari. The website picked Buhari as the option for Nigeria in the next four years.

From 2015 to 2019 a lot has happened, Nigeria flugged into the recession barely 8 Months in the  Buhari’s regime and came out in the second quarter of this year 2017. The Buhari administration battles so many challenges inherited from previous administration. Amidst various challenges Buhari’s adminstration excels in some key areas.

According to the medium, the achievements range from security & related matters, economy, anti-graft war to the release of 106 Chibok girls from the captivity of Islamic Sect Boko Haram, recovery of stolen funds, eradication of polio in Nigeria, and the take off of the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Let’s check the list below;

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100 achievements of Buhari’s administration

SECURITY & RELATED MATTERS

  1. Release of 106 Chibok girls, as well as over 16,000 persons in Boko Haram captivity.
  2. Tackling insurgency, decimation of Boko Haram in the North East.
  3. Recovering 14 local governments and territories previously under Boko Haram control in the North East, rebuilding lives of citizens there; about one million displaced persons in the NE have returned to their communities in two years of this administration.
  4. Curbing the incidence of kidnap across the country. (Arrest of kidnap kingpins and dismantling of kidnap cells across the country)
  5. Restoring morale of the Nigerian military; re-organizing and better equipping the Nigerian Armed Forces.
  6. Purchase of 12 Super-Tucano aircrafts worth $600 million to aid the Nigerian military’s current operations in the North East.
  7. Ensuring continued peace in the Niger Delta through consistent funding of the FG amnesty programme for ex-militants.
  8. Introduction of an improved mechanism for distribution of aid to IDPs in the North East through the establishment of the Special Intervention Programme of the Federal Government. (Door-to-door strategy)

ECONOMY

  1. Implementing the National Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to aid economic recovery, taking the country out of her worst recession in 29 years, despite fall in oil prices.
  2. N1.2 trillion expended on capital/infrastructure projects nationwide, a milestone in the nation’s history.
  3. Effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account, and increasing government revenue by over N3 trillion as well as entrenching transparency and accountability.
  4. Implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN), thus tackling corruption by plugging loopholes for siphoning of public fund and tracking of illicit funds through multiple accounts
  5. Ease of doing business: the Federal Government signed into law two bills from the National Assembly (Acts are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017) which has facilitated access to more affordable credit for Nigerians, fast tracked budget submissions and promotes Made-in-Nigeria products.
  6. Establishment of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum to enhance interaction and private sector participation in the development of the economy
  7. Institutionalizing E-governance setting the foundation for the creation of a truly digital economy.
  8. Creation of opportunities for youths to leverage innovation in technology through the introduction of the Aso Villa Demo Day (AVDD) through which over N700 million has been disbursed to young entrepreneurs.
  9. The revitalization of the Made-in-Nigeria campaign. (Emphasis on consumption of local products gain grounds)
  10. Implementing reforms in the civil service which has led to the elimination of over 30,000 ghost workers, thereby saving the country billions of naira monthly.
  11. Massive investments in agriculture, e.g, Anchors Borrowers Programme to improve local produce, improving fertiliser distribution and access across states through the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative.
  12. Reduction in rice imports as a result of government’s policies that has encouraged massive rice production across Nigeria.
  13. Improving transport infrastructure (rail and road); construction work ongoing on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, renovation of Abuja International Airport runway, completion of Abuja – Kaduna Railway among others.
  14. Social Investment Programmes (SIP): N-Power Volunteer Scheme creating jobs for over 200,000 (and still counting) unemployed graduates in all the 36 states and the FCT.
  15. SIP: Ongoing Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) Scheme; commenced in November 2016 in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, where soft loans ranging from N10, 000 to N100, 000 have been given to over 189,000 market women and traders across different states.
  16. SIP: Home Grown School Feeding Programme, where almost three million schoolchildren have been fed, while tens of thousands of cooks have been engaged in their respective states.
  17. SIP: Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, under which about 25,000 less privileged Nigerians so far are now being funded with the monthly N5,000 stipend in 9 pilot States (Bauchi, Borno, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo). More beneficiaries are expected to be added in more states.
  18. The establishment of MSMEs Clinics, a small Business support programme to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in different states.
  19. Establishment of One-Stop-Shops to support policies on Ease of Doing Business.
  20. The take-off of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
  21. Phasing out the subsidy for petroleum products, elimination of fuel scarcity and queues in petrol stations.
  22. Implementation of the FG Niger Delta new vision, a comprehensive road map to improve livelihood and social infrastructure.
  23. Improved power generation nationwide adding $500million to Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund and about $87million to its excess crude account.
  24. The creation of the N30billion Solid Minerals Development Fund.
  25. Encouraging the patronage of local contents and increasing export in agriculture.
  26. Signing of Executive Order 001 which is the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment – to ensure that public servants offer prompt service in a predictable and transparent manner, and sanction undue delays.
  27. Signing of Executive Order 002 which is on prompt submission of annual budgetary estimates by all statutory and non-statutory agencies of the Federal Government including incorporated companies wholly owned by FG.
  28. Bailout of cash crunch states; about N689 billion to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries in 2015.
  29. Complete refund of Paris loan deductions to states (unprecedented).
  30. Implementing the 2011 UNEP report for the ongoing Ogoni clean-up process after decades of oil spills and pollution.
  31. Modification of the tax system so that it is more efficient.
  32. Reforms in the airports (reconstruction of the Abuja airport runway and ongoing work at the Lagos airport).
  33. Reforms at the nation’s seaports (Issues with cargo clearance at the ports addressed)
  34. Improved duration (under 48 hours) for visa approval especially for investors.
  35. Resuscitation of the nation’s refineries which are now working at 50 percent capacity for the first time in over a decade.
  36. Eleven of the dead 33 fertilizer plants have been resuscitated while four others are to be revived shortly and this has profound impact on the ongoing revolution in the agricultural sector.
  37. For the first time in more than 45 years, the Mambila Power Plant is set to take off with the allocation of $5.6billion for its realization and an expected 3,050 MW output upon completion.
  38. Increasing external reserves to a 13 month high of $33 billion from $29.13 billion which has surpassed the ERGPs target of $30.56 billion despite global low oil prices and production challenges.
  39. Cancellation of the Joint Venture cash calls with oil multinational companies operating in Nigeria (For the first time in the history of the industry) which has led to savings of billions of dollars lost to fictitious contract payments.
  40. Release of N2 billion take off grant for the Maritime University as part of measures to address agitations in the Niger Delta region.
  41. The new development bank of Nigeria (DBN) is finally taking off with initial funding of $1.3billion (provided by the World Bank, German Development Bank, African Development Bank, Agence Francaise De Development) to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs.

ANTI – GRAFT WAR

  1. Improving Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation with neighbouring countries in fighting insurgency.
  2. Anti-corruption war: Prosecuting alleged corrupt public officers and recovering billions of naira of stolen public funds; the successful establishment of the whistle-blower policy.
  3. Signing of Executive Order 004 – Voluntary Income Asset Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). This aims to increase tax awareness and compliance, and reduce incidence of tax evasion.
  4. Signing of agreements with a number of nations to provide Automatic Exchange of Information.
  5. Signing of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates (UAE) toward strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign.
  6. Establishment of PACAC – a think-tank that has provided leadership, direction and also built capacity of personnel in the fight against corruption.

OTHERS

  1. Eradication of polio disease in the country.
  2. The introduction of the One Primary Health Centre per ward programme of the Federal Government.

Sixty Quiet Achievements of the Buhari Regime

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It is now almost exactly four years to the day, that Nigerians gave President Buhari the mandate to change the story of Nigeria. Else where and a few months back, I scored the Buhari-led APC administration 52% for its achievements in the last four years.

Here are 60 indelible achievements of the President Mohammadu Buhari-led APC federal administration between 2015 and 2019. Discounting even eight achievements, the Buhari administration obviously merits the 52% I scored the administration. Though very clearly, the administration could do more and has shown the capacity and ability to do more.

The list is in no particular order. But some inactions of many previous administrations which were in better position to do, but did not, give an idea of how and why many more serious things have remained undone in Nigeria. I have deliberately started with some unbelievably simple things that were not done for decades, that this Buhari civilian administration has done to merit a second term. Who can disprove any of the following claims?

1 – Payments have begun, of 25 years old Arrears of Civil Service Pensioners.

2 – Ex Nigerian airways workers pensions approved for payment and payment begins, more than a decade after the sale of the organisation.

3 – Ex-Biafra police officers paid their pensions, almost 50 years after the Nigerian Civil War ended.

4 – The Nigerian govt agreed to out-of-court settlement of 88 billion naira for the reconstruction of public infrastructure damaged in Biafra.

5 – N1.3 Trillion naira fund bailouts was given to help with clearing humongous backlog of allowances and salary arrears of civil servants in 22 states.

6 – June 12 recognized as Democracy day. Chief M.K.O. Abiola as now been honoured along with Alh. Babagana Kingibe and Chief Gani Fawehinmi and other heroes of the June 12 Struggle.

7 – The Federal Govt has suspended new Laws enacted by a preceding administration, mandating maximum tenure for heads of religious organisations. The Law is now to be modified.

8 – History has been returned as a School Subject in the Nigerian curriculum

9 – Christian Religious Studies has also been restored as a Subject in School curriculum in the country

10 – The historic value disparity between HND graduates of Polytechnics and University graduates has now been resolved and laid to rest. Polytechnics now to become Universities of Technology to be awarding the Bachelor of Technology Degree. Lower lever Polytechnic certificates are now to be rated as technician certifications.

11 – Successful enumeration of all abandoned infrastructure projects in the country and technical evaluation for reactivation needs of all identified projects. Among the abandoned or suspended Projects now reactivated and currently in various stages of completion are

12 – The Mambila Plateau HydroPower Project abandoned 40 years ago, has been reactivated.

13 – The Ajaokuta Steel Projects has now also been reactivated after more than 30 years of being under construction!

14 – The Esan Water Project in Edo, awarded in 1997 was also reactivated and is now essentially completed

15 – The Dadin Kowa Dam Project in Gombe, started since 1975, some 43 years ago, was reactivated and now nearing completion.

16 – Commissioning and completion of technical review and evaluation for the construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation needs of 322 federal highways, including some road projects which were abandoned more than 40 years ago.

17 – The Lagos – Ibadan Express Road reconstruction and rehabilitation is now nearing 80% completion, after almost 18 years of unsuccessful efforts to rehabilitate the road.

18 – The Lagos – Abeokuta Express Road and Federal Highway is now being reconstructed too, after almost 30 years.

19 -The Ikorodu-Sagamu Federal Highway is also now being reconstructed after almost 35 years too.

20 – The rehabitation and reconstruction of the Apapa Port Road and the rehabiltation of the Ijora Causeway is more than 60% completed

21 – The Port Harcourt- Enugu federal Highway reconstruction has reached an advanced stage

22 – The 40-year- old East-West Highway Project has been reactivated.

23 -The Ikom-Itu Federal Highway reconstruction Project and many other roads in the South South

24 – Work has started and foundation pilings and all land pillars have been completed on the 2nd Niger Bridge construction, again after almost 30 years of planning

25 – North East insurgency is being gradually suppressed. Nigerian territory, including 16 Local Government Areas, which the Boko Haram had taken under the Jonathan administration, have now been recovered and rebuilding commenced.

26 – The Nigerian military under President Buhari, has ensured the release of more than 26,800 persons who had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram.

27 – More 70% of the almost 300 school girls kidnapped by the Book Haram in Chibok under PDP have now been released. Only one school girl is now still being held by the Boko Haram after similar kidnapping of more than another 100 school girls in Dapchi under the Buhari regime.

28 – Military barracks are being restored nationwide after more than 20 years of dilapidation.

29 – The Environmental Cleanup of Ogoni Land has begun, after almost 30 years of clamour.

30 – The abandoned National Cancer Centre Project in Abuja, has been completed and opened. Equipment for the Cancer Centre was abandoned in shipping containers since 2012, yet Nigeria had no functional public Cancer Centre.

31 – All unfinished railway and abandoned transportation projects across the country, were successfully evaluated, reviewed and restarted, with all and every possible bottlenecks and hindrances removed.

32 – Plans for new railway projects across the country including one transborder railway project, have been completed and the construction agreements now being signed. Under the new Railway transportation plans for the country, every Nigerian state capital will now be connected to the national railway network which will also connect all major Ports in Nigeria to major industrial centres and agricultural production hubs in each of Nigeria’s six geo-political regions.

33 – Kaduna-Abuja Rail Project, approved in 2002 and started since 2007 is now finished and fully operational

34 – The Abuja Light Rail Project also started since 2007, is now finished and running

35 – The Warri-Itakpe Railway link, started and abandoned 35 years ago, was restarted by the Buhari administration and is also now running

36 – A new Lagos-Ibadan Express Railway Project has been kicked off by the Buhari administration, as part of a new standard-gauge railway lines project between Lagos and Kano, through Abuja. The Abeokuta-Lagos section of the project is now ready and is being test run. The Project started just two years ago in August 2017.

37 – Repair of the over 25-year old Abuja Airport Runway which had been overdue for over 10 years, was started and successfully completed in an unbelievable 90 days of 24-hour daily construction operations.

38 – Payment of cash gifts promised to Golden Eaglets of 1983, some thirty five years ago

39 – Redemption of promises of House gift made to Bonfrere Jo, Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles 1996 Olympics Football Gold winning Team

40 – Resolution of the Issue of Title Deeds of Property Gift to the Christian Chukwu-led Nigerian Green Eagles Team which won the the 1980 Nations Cup.

41 – Major rehabilitation and expansion works are now going on, in three major Airports, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. The Port Harcourt Airport (voted world’s worst in 2015, is now a brand new airport). A new international Airport has also been completed in Abuja, while work has reached advanced stages for modernisation of the Benin, Kaduna, and Enugu Airports among others.

42 – Estimated Electricity Consumption billing has been outlawed and electric power meters are now being provided for homes for free, 10 years after they were promised, when Nigeria’s power assets were sold.

43 – Verification of claims and Payments have began, of part of outstanding debts to contractors across the country, estimated to be more than N2 Trillion as at 2015.

44 – Payment of significant portions of debts owed to Oil companies, including outstanding long-delayed counterpart funds for Joint Venture Projects.

45 – The inspector General of Police has been ordered to revisit the issues surrounding the death of Chief Bola Ige and other unresolved political assassinations in the country.

46 – Restocking and re-equipping of the Nigerian military, something abandoned for many years
– New fighter jets acquired as against no serviceable fixed wing fighter Jet in 2015.
– Six New helicopters, the first time in almost twenty years and
– 12 Super Tucano Fighter Jets have been fully paid for. Deliveries have already started and will be concluded by 2020.
– The largest hardware investment in the Nigeria military in almost 25 years has been under Preaident Buhari.

47 – Approval has been given for the dredging of the Warri Ports, as was being agitated for in the region for decades.

48 – Official Recognition of Anambra and Lagos State as Crude Oil producing states devoid of the old politics and unnecessary bureaucracy

49 – Handing over of wasting federal assets on state-donated lands, such as the Tarawa Balewa Square, National Stadium and old Airport Presidential Lounge in Lagos and the International Tradefair Complex to the Lagos State government

50 – Clearing of over 700 out of 800 containers of Power Sector equipment abandoned in the Nigerian Ports since 2005 instead of installation for more reliable power supply in the country.

51 – Correction of the trend of depletion of foreign reserves and savings by growing foreign reserves from 29 billion dollars to above 47 billion, and adding fresh funds to sovereign wealth fund for the first time since the inception in 2005.

52 – Establishment of long over due Infrastructure Development Bank of Nigeria.

53 – Correction of the injustice of no rolling over of data roll by mobile phone companies to consumers. Before now, unused but paid-for data was cancelled at the end of the month. Today the government has ordered that to stop. This touches the masses right away.

54 – Clamp down on the Islamic movement of Nigeria, a group that has for over two decades shown itself as not recognizing government and terrorized citizens. The clamp down is seemingly high-handed though for now

55 – Establishment of Petroleum University in Okeronkoko in the Niger Delta region, a project long sought after in the region.

56 – Order to Oil majors to relocate headquarters back to the Niger Delta Region, another long sought move.

57 – One of the largest free school feeding projects in the world. Some 9.3 million Nigerian children are now being fed free of charge in schools, in a project that has seen school enrolment increase by as much as 34%.

58 – The youth employment programme, the N – Power Programme now has 500,000 Youths being paid N30,000 monthly while they are been trained and taken through diverse skills acquisition programmes.

59 – For the first time in Nigeria’s history, the poorest of the poor in trading and other ultra small scale businesses, are now being given interest free loans starting from N10,000 each graduating to a maximum of N100,000. More than one million traders have been won nationwide and brought under the special programme being administered by the Nigerian Bank of Industry.

60. There is a FarmerMoni Programme similar to the TraderMoni, but for ultra small scale farmers, working through different farmer cooperatives. This is the smallest scale support for farming in the country. It complements the massively successful Nigerian Central Bank backed anchor borrowers programme for agriculture. The Anchor-borrowers programme gets a Bank to provide all the needed funds and other support, to particular groups of farmers to maximise output of the particular agricultural produce, while it works directly with ready off-takers of the agricultural produce as a marketing guarantee. This has accounted majorly for Nigeria’s 10-fold increase in Rice production and three fold increase on Cassava production. It has also caused substantial increases in the production of Yam, Pal Kernel, Tomatoes and Maize.

Please not that I omitted the adoption and implementation of the very important institutional controls like the adoption of the Single Treasury Accounting for public funds, because it is a positive achievement just like the current Presidency’s effort to avoid riding rough shod on states or other arms of government, except for issues tending towards the criminal.

I also have been unable to confirm other improvements in the education sector for proper documentation. Neither could I confirm plans and executions in the health sector among others. Nigeria obviously still has a long long way to go, but we are evidently in moving up.

It is obvious from the list, that this first term of the APC is more of repairing and restoring as well as completion of long abandoned projects. The APC needs a second term to conclude many of the projects and lay a good foundation for Nigeria’s future. Let us give the APC another four years, then it will be fair to compare the APC’s eight years and the PDP’s ruinous 16 years that are better forgotten.

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