Minister showcases FG’s achievements
.Power generation hits 7,000mw in 2018
.FG is feeding 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 schools
. FG spends N2.7trillion on infrastructure
By Udeme Clement & Blessing Chioma
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has listed the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration to show increase in electricity generation from 2,690MW to 7,000MW in 2018.
The Minister made this known while inaugurating 22 members newly elected by the Governing Council of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, under the Chairmanship of Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, in Abuja yesterday.
According to him, “Nigeria is moving closer to self-sufficiency in rice production than any Administration before it, increase in the number of rice farmers from 5million to over 11 million and a cut in Nigeria’s rice import bill of $1.65 billion annually by 90 percent”.
He went on, ”We are feeding 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 schools across 24 States, employing 87,261 cooks in the process; we are paying conditional cash transfer of N5,000 monthly to 297,973 poorest and most vulnerable households, never before done in Nigeria. We are building roads, rail and power, spending an unprecedented N2.7 trillion on infrastructure alone in just two years. We have raised capital expenditure in the yearly national budget to an unprecedented 30 percent on the average, our Social Investment Programmes have benefited 9 million people”.
He added, ”The school children who are being fed, the unemployed graduate who has now been employed under N-Power; the small business owner who has benefited from the GEEP loans and the thousands of people who have been rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram know that these achievements are real”.
Alhaji Mohammed explained, “The economy is also back on the path of growth, after the recession of 2016-2017, and we have the figures to support this assertion. The economy grew 1.95 percent in Q1 2018; Inflation has fallen for 15 consecutive months, from 18.7 percent to 12.5 percent as of April 2018; External Reserves of $48 billion are the highest in 5 years; Total exports in 2017 were 59.47% higher than for 2016; Agriculture exports grew 180.7% above the value in 2016; Raw material exports grew 154.2% above the value in 2016; Solid minerals exports grew 154.2% above the value in 2016; Exports of manufactured goods grew 26.8% above the value in 2016, And the first quarter of 2018 saw the fourth consecutive quarterly increase in capital importation since Q2 2017”.
The Minister said, “Nigeria moved up 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings in 2017, and was listed among the 10 Most Improved Economies”.
His words, “The Administration is fighting corruption like never before, with our Whistle blowing Policy yielding N13.8bn from tax evaders, as well as N7.8bn, $378million, £27,800 in recoveries from public officials. Nigerians who are benefiting directly from these provisions have testified to the reality of the successes.”
The Minister advised Public Relations practitioners never to be tired or discouraged from projecting the image of their establishments, even when some people decide to play the blind.