Independence Day: The 57 achievements of the Buhari Administration

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In celebration of Nigeria’s Independence, the Presidency through the Vice President’s office on Saturday released what it called the 57 achievements of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration.

President Muhammad Buhari was inaugurated as the 15th president of Nigeria on the 29th May, 2015 after he won the election against the then president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

The Current Administration’s achievements were listed under different categories that included security-related matters, Agriculture, Anti-Corruption war, Economic recovery and many others.

According to the document, under security, the release of 106 Chibok girls who were abducted in April, 2015, as well as taking as captives over 16,000 Boko Haram was the top achievement.

It also recovered 14 local governments and territories previously under Boko Haram in Northeast, rebuilding the citizens there, with about one million displaced persons in that region returning to their communities in two years of this administration.

The implementation of the National Economic Recovery and Growth plan was another major plus for the administration as it aided economic recovery and took the country out of her worst recession in 29years, despite fall in oil prices.

It achieved stability of the macroeconomic environment, Agriculture and food security, Ensuring energy efficiency(especially in power and petroleum products), improving transportation infrastructure and driving industrialisation and primarily through SMEs.

Others are restoring morale of the Nigerian military; re-organising and better equipping of the Nigerian of 12 Super-Tucano aircraft worth $600m to aid the Nigerian military’s current operations in the i North East; ensuring continued peace in the Niger Delta through consistent funding of the FG amnesty programme for ex-militants;u and the 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 called door-to-door strategy.

It noted that N1.2trn was expended on capital/infrastructure projects nationwide, describing it as a milestone in the nation’s history.

It also mentioned the effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account, and increasing government revenue by over N3trn as well as entrenching transparency and accountability.

It cited the implementation of the Bank Verification Number thus tackling corruption by plugging loopholes for siphoning of public funds and tracking of illicit funds through multiple accounts

On ease of doing business, it said the Federal Government signed into law two bills from the National Assembly (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.

The establishment of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum to enhance interaction and private sector participation in the development of the economy, as well as institutionalising E-governance setting the foundation for the creation of a truly digital economy were also mentioned.

On anti-graft war, the document mentioned prosecution of allegedly corrupt public officers and recovering billions of naira of stolen public funds; the successful establishment of the whistle-blower policy; signing of Executive Order 004 – Voluntary Income Asset Declaration Scheme which aims to increase tax awareness and compliance, and reduce incidence of tax evasion.

Others are signing of agreements with a number of nations to provide Automatic Exchange of Information; signing of the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and United Arab Emirates toward strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign; and the establishment of PACAC – a think-tank that has provided leadership, direction and also built capacity of personnel in the fight against corruption.

The President, under the last category, mentioned it’s
Introduction of the One Primary Health Center per ward Programme of the Federal Government, under which the eradication of polio has been effective.

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