Ministers of the Federal Republic yesterday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential mandate deserves to be renewed in 2019 to consolidate on the foundations for development he laid in this first term.
The ministers spoke at the opening of the International Press Institute, IPI, World Congress 2018 in Abuja tagged: ‘Conversation with the Government of Nigeria’, taking turns to itemise the achievements of the administration including the expansion of the tax net and diversification of the economy to generate more funds for development.
The cabinet members also highlighted the achievements in infrastructure development in line with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan to enhance job creation, trade and security in different parts of the country.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said the President deserved to be re-elected following the administration’s achievement in repositioning the economy and putting Nigeria on the path to sustainable growth and recovery.
She pointed out that the country had never had it so good in terms of its potential to grow and really show what the country can do as its diversified economy that creates opportunities.
According to Adeosun, “It is quite encouraging that all the things that the nation needs to do to go on the part of growth we are doing.
“We are building, we are investing in our security, we have addressed the issue of tax, we have created the enabling environment by investments in infrastructure, which will allow people to take advantage of the government’s initiatives.”
On his part, the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) said a re-election was for continuity because “Nigeria cannot get anybody better than President Buhari.
“We promised Nigerians that we were going to fight insecurity, we fought insecurity; we promised Nigerians that we were going to revive the economy, we have revamped the economy.”
The Minister of Trade, and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah added that under the leadership of the President, the citizens had changed the conversation in the country, stressing that “there is a deliberate plan to industrialise the country through the construction of industrial parks”.
According to him, we are now talking about the importance of security, fighting corruption and good economy “rather than saying corruption is not a problem, it is not different from stealing’’.
Enelamah noted that under the present administration the country was having the same conversation and noted that it was important to continue on the trajectory of the progress being made to sustain it.
Also speaking, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted that the country exited recession within two quarters while the country’s stock exchange had grown by more than 40 per cent in recent times.
He added that 200,000 jobs were created though the N-power job creation scheme while the administration was feeding 8.2 million pupils in the school feeding programme.
Mohammed said that the Social Investment Programme of the administration was second to none, adding that government had built 850 kilometers of roads while power generation had increased to 7,000 megawatts from 2,630 megawatts it inherited.