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As promised, below is my score-sheet for the FG since 2015.

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As promised, below is my score-sheet for the FG since 2015.

By Sanusi okesola

Agriculture: 7/10

Without any gainsaying, the current govt has shown so much seriousness here. Nigeria has never been more serious about Agriculture since the ill era of crude happened on us.

Anti-corruption: 5.5/10

This is one of the critical points govt promised to make their priority during their campaign. And, to be fair to PMB, he has made some strides. The govt has done more here than any other recent govt; it’s why he’s being celebrated on the fight internationally. But why are Nigerians still not moved? There are many complications.
One, and expectedly, there are several political influences in the fight. Many of the powers with the president are working to undermine the fight and are managing to still run businesses as usual. A good example is the recent drama of the probe of ex-EFFC Ag-Chair.

Also, the fight is yet to be genuinely institutionalised, it’s still mostly individual shows. Despite notable efforts that thrive in ensuring agencies publish their financial dealing regularly, contracts details made available to the public and the TSA, too many influential people still find the time to by-pass the rules.

For Nigerians to accept the fights, communications must be clear and straightforward. No sacred cow should be allowed. Elected officers must live by examples by reducing their bogus pays and expenses. And, most importantly, the money recovered/saved should impact the people and the economies.

Commerce and Manufacturing 4/10

The government has also communicated many of their efforts in these areas but beyond papers and communications, the results seen and the impacts are still miles away from reality. Understandable, these sectors were in terrible shape before now and resurgence should take time before they are fully felt.
Govt deserves an average score here but not more.

Education: 4/10

Nigerian education has not had the best of time for decades. Investments in the sector have been abysmal but the biggest problems revolve around Infrastructural decay, strike and staff numeration. Thank God for private Universities.

Though strike has been minimal since PMB came onboard, the percentage of resources committed to education is still the same abysmal figure. Beyond allocation, monitoring and implementation are yet to receive sense.

The highest allocation that was ever given to education since 1999 was 13% of the total budget (2008) since 1999. Place this against the global standard of 25%—meanwhile, PMB allocation average 7.64. The lowest was 1.69 in 2011.

I feel until elected officials are forced to send their kids to Nigerian Universities, or use their personal resources, they won’t ever be serious with our education.

Infrastructural Development: 7.5/10

This is one point where it’s difficult for naysayers to say nothing is happening. You need a stone-face to even push say that. No points wasting time, infrastructural decays in Nigeria are legendary and it will take years of serious efforts to meet up again.

But without mincing words, something profound has started despite the meagre resources at the FG’s disposal.

Manpower Development: 3.5/10

These have been mostly soiled by political influences and corruption. So much deployed, so little felt.

Security: 4.5/10

If you consider that security is one of the key points with which PMB came on board, you will understand that he should have done better here. There are notable efforts across the country. Boko Haram members were pushed back during his first tenure; cultism decimated in Lagos, Ikorodu and the East and govt managed to keep Niger-Delta boys quiet till date. Looks like a miracle.

But all of these were quickly replaced with another influx of BH boys, Herdsmen and kidnapping. While the efforts and the seriousness could be commendable, the results are still a far cry from general expectations.

Wealth Creation: 5/10

Instead of looking at how many more prosperous people we have today, we would instead consider the percentage of Nigerians living better today than 2015.

Somehow, many of the easy money-making links have been blocked. The rich men of those years may not be as rich as they used to be but more bills have been cleared among pensioners (some running into several years) and poor people. Also, more people at the lower strata of the economies have more access to aids, especially for Agriculture and MSME.

But considering that Nigeria just exited one of her biggest recession in decades before running back into Covid pandemics, the quality of Nigerian lives is badly beaten today than ever. Even more money today does less than fewer amounts would have done five years ago. According to NBS, May 2020, over 80 Nigerians live in poverty though I can’t remember the time more Nigerians have been living any better in recent time.

There are more efforts but fewer impacts.

In conclusion, we still have a problem of holding our state government responsible. Developments and growth are almost entirely measured by the efforts of the FG while the states go around taking monthly allocations and fixing roads. That’s one point where we need a serious discussion in Nigeria.

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

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BREAKING: SANWO-OLU TO ABOLISH PENSION FOR EX-GOVS, DEPUTIES

By Sodiq Oyeleke

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.

He made this known while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Sanwoolu said the bill would be sent to the Lagos Assembly for legislative approval.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the abolition of pension for former governors and deputies will reduce the cost of governance.

He said, “Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of the House, in light of keeping the costs of governance low and to signal selflessness in public service, we will be sending a draft executive bill to the House imminently for the repeal of the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.”

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EndSARS CELEBRITIES, PROMOTERS MUST FACE LAW, GARBA SHEHU SAYS

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EndSARS CELEBRITIES, PROMOTERS MUST FACE LAW, GARBA SHEHU SAYS

The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that all Nigerians and celebrities, who promoted protests against police brutality in the country must face the law.

The Central Bank of Nigeria had recently frozen the account of some protest organisers in a bid to stop further protests from occurring.

The Nigeria Immigration Service also seized the travel passport of Modupe Odele, preventing her from leaving the country for providing legal aid to arrested protesters.

The Nigerian Government irked by the protests had in October hired thugs to hijack the demonstration, plunging the nation into chaos in a bid to blame it on peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

While speaking on why the CBN froze the account of the protesters, Shehu while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics said, “This country has only one President and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.

“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution —under section 33— that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed.

“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.

“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.

“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”

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PRESIDENT BUHARI: DISBANDING OF SARS FIRST STEP TO EXTENSIVE POLICE REFORMS

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PRESIDENT BUHARI: DISBANDING OF SARS FIRST STEP TO EXTENSIVE POLICE REFORMS

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja declared that disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

Speaking at the launch of the Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme (P-YES), aimed at creating 774,000 jobs across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country, President Buhari also directed that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts be brought to justice.

”I will like to use this opportunity to say a word on the recent genuine concerns and agitations by Nigerians about the excessive use of force and in some cases extra-judicial killings and wrongful conduct of the men of the Nigerian Police Force,’’ President Buhari said during the launch of the P-YES programme, attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Engineer Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State.

He continued: ”The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people.

”We will also ensure that all those responsible for misconduct or wrongful acts are brought to justice.

”We deeply regret the loss of life of the young man in Oyo State during the recent demonstrations.

”I have directed that the circumstances of his death should be thoroughly investigated.

”Meanwhile, it is important to recognise that the vast majority of men and women of the police force are hardworking and diligent in performing their duties.

”The few bad eggs should not be allowed to tarnish the image and reputation of the force.”

On the empowerment programme, the President while restating his administration’s commitment to youth development and poverty alleviation pledged that the Federal Government policies of social protection and people empowerment would continue on track, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, who described P-YES as a cornerstone of his administration’s social and economic development strategies, said it was part of the overall policy of ensuring that 100 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty in ten years.

”The P-YES is also part of the plan that we adopted in 2016 in which we empowered One hundred youths from each of the 774 Local Government Areas with the necessary tools to acquire skills and establish small businesses.

”Given the success of that initiative, we are now committed to creating 774,000 jobs across all the LGAs, through the P-YES programme,” he said.

President Buhari, who took a tour of P-YES tools and equipment displayed at the forecourt of Presidential Villa, expressed delight that the materials showcased represent the fruits of the initiatives embarked upon by his administration in 2016.

”All the tools, machines and equipment that are exhibited here, are products of the efforts of these empowered youth entrepreneurs.

”I note with particular pleasure that they were all fabricated in Nigeria by Nigerian youths using locally sourced materials. This is a wonderful and uplifting achievement.

”As an entrepreneurship empowerment project, the P-YES programme aims to address the needs of unskilled and less educated youth.

”It targets key areas of activities that are of practical importance and are essential to every aspect of our economy.

”These include areas such as agriculture and food processing, restaurant and catering, tailoring and fashion design, technical skills such as in the Information and Communications Technology sector, artisanship, welding, carpentry and joinery, other small businesses and activities associated with the micro-economic sector of this economy,” he said.

The President used the occasion to call on State Governments, Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to factor the P-YES into their programmes to assist the youth realise their potentials in their chosen fields.

He urged local and foreign private sector operators in Nigeria to also contribute their share to the expansion of this programme through channelling their corporate social responsibility efforts towards skills acquisition, creation of start-ups, and other intervention measures.

President Buhari declared that the expansion of the P-YES would now be vigorously pursued, adding that more resources will be committed to the achievement of its goals and objectives towards youth empowerment and entrepreneurship development.

The President commended the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Students Affairs, under Hon. Nasiru Saidu Adhama, for driving the P-YES programme in accordance with the mandates prescribed for the office and the programme.

He expressed confidence that the programme being supervised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would make significant difference.

In his remarks, Hon Adhama assured the President that as achieved in the pilot phase of the programme the selection of beneficiaries in the full-scale P-YES scheme would be done with the utmost transparency and credibility, adding that equal opportunities will be observed in the delivery of equipment, tools and machines to all States and LGAs.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
October 12, 2020

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