- Lai Mohammed claimed no government in Nigeria's history has done so much with little as President Buhari has done in the last three years
- The minister also claimed that the Buhari's administration has delivered on almost all its promises to Nigeria
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, said despite the little time and resource available to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the governmnet has delivered on all its promises to Nigeria.
Mohammed also claimed that no governmnet in history has done so much with so little time and resources as the government of Buhari has done in the last three years of its administration.
The minister made this statement at a press conference in Lagos while listing the achievements of the Buhari administration, Vanguard reports.
He 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 N60 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.”
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Mohammed stressed that all these were achieved against the back drop of Boko Haram attacks and threats.
He said: “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."
Meanwhile, as part of the four day activities outlined to mark the 2018 Deomcracy Day in Nigeria, ministers under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari are expected to go on a media circuit to defend the achievements of his government.
This was contained in a statement made by the senior special assistant, to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, May 27.
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