Buhari Has Changed Nigeria for Good – Lai Mohammed




“Many have said they are yet to see the change we promised.
Many more have called the promise a ruse,” Mr.
Mohammed said.


The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,
has said the change promised Nigerians by the All
Progressives Congress is not a ruse.
Speaking in Enugu at a town hall meeting for the South
East organised by the ministry on Monday, the minister
said the change was already manifesting in every sector of
the nation’s life.
He said contrary to the insinuations in certain quarters that
the people were not feeling the impact of government, a lot
had been done in moving the country forward.
He said the government would remain undaunted in
implementing its change agenda to improve the lot of
Nigerians.
“Many have said they are yet to see the change we
promised. Many more have called the promise a ruse,” Mr.
Mohammed said.
“In fact, they are now mocking us. But we remain
undaunted because we know that the change we promised
is real.
“In fact, the change we promised is already here, and it is
manifesting all around us,’’ he said.
Buttressing his position, the minister said that the
government had successfully stopped the looting of public
funds which was responsible for underdevelopment.
He said, “Before now, public officials simply opened the
public till, took as much money as they wanted and walked
away without consequences.
“That explains why funds allocated to the military to fight
Boko Haram ended up in the piggy banks of many
unscrupulous Nigerians.
“Today, all those who looted the public treasury are being
made to answer for their actions, as impunity gives way to
accountability.
“Many have offered to return their loots, and many more
are facing charges,”
Mr. Mohammed said with the introduction of the Treasury
Single Account, funds meant for the federal government
were directly paid in and used for development of
infrastructure.
He noted that before now, funds accruing to the
government were paid into so many accounts and went to
private purses.
He said the government had successfully identified and
stopped salaries hitherto paid to more than 30,000 ghost
workers.
According to him, “We promised to diversify the economy
away from oil, to ensure that other sectors are able to
significantly contribute to sustainable development.
“In June 2016, for the very first time, about 70 per cent of
the more than N500 billion raised from the Federal
Accounts Allocation Committee came from the non-oil
sector, while 30 per cent came from the oil sector.
“It was the first time in 2016 that the Federal Government
shared more than N500 billion among the three tiers of
government.”
In the area of security, Mr. Mohammed said that the
government had successfully crushed the Boko Haram
terrorists and not a single territory was being administered
by them.
On infrastructure, the minister said that construction firms
had been mobilised to sites on major roads in the country.
He said, “As they move to site, they are creating thousands
of new jobs. No part of the country is left out of this.
“Where the contractors have not been seen on site, it is
because of the rains, not because of lack of mobilisation.
The minister said the complaints over perceived or real
instances of lopsidedness in appointments were being
addressed.
“There are hundreds of appointments yet to be made. It is
an evolving scenario and any lopsidedness is being
addressed as we progress,” he said.
The minister said the town hall meetings were held to
bridge the communication gap between the government
and the people and to carry the people along in the process
of governance.
(NAN)
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