Nigeria moves closer to development targets

By Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

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Nigeria's Minister of Information, Alh. Lai Mohammed.

Nigeria is moving closer to achieving its goals of national development and prosperity. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the assertion whilst speaking with newsmen in Lagos on the achievements of the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister said that it was important to reel out the major achievements of the Buhari administration especially against the background of the continuing efforts by the political opposition to obfuscate the steady progress being made by the administration in all sectors, even in the face of dwindling resources.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed called attention to the Nigerian economy which continues to witness a strong performance, building on the steady recovery seen since the last recession.

In the outgoing year 2019, the economy he said grew at an average rate of over two percent in the first three quarters, compared to the same period in 2018.

In particular, in the third quarter of 2019, the major growth drivers were: Information and communications, agriculture, mining & quarrying, transportation & storage as well as manufacturing, all of which have seen considerable focus by government.

The Information Minister said that whilst the government is moving ahead with its economic diversification efforts, in addition to increasing oil and non-oil revenues and widening the tax base, security of lives and property has remained a priority of the administration, hence the tremendous improvement that has been witnessed in fighting terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other acts of criminality.

He noted that the year 2019 was indeed a challenging year in terms of insecurity, but the federal government faced the challenge squarely to cancel doomsday predictions from the political opposition and their allies.

Fight against corruption

The fight against corruption was another area the Minister said received a shot in the arm with the launch of the Administration’s Financial Transparency Policy and Portal, the increased prosecution and convictions of criminals and the tracking of the huge resources being allocated to constituency projects.

Alhaji Mohammed assured Nigerians that the Administration will continue to take all measures necessary to secure the lives and property of all citizens while enhancing their welfare.

He also urged the opposition to join hands with the government to move Nigeria to the Next Level, instead of engaging in scorched-earth opposition that benefits no one.

 

Emmanuel Ukoh