Buhari Asks Nigerians To Be Optimistic, Says Economy Improving Steadily
President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians to remain optimistic, saying the future of the country is bright.
The President who said this in a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, also informed the people that the nation’s economy was steadily improving.
“The future is bright for Nigeria, as the economy has taken a turn for the better, our foreign reserves are almost twice the level we met, boosting investor confidence and stabilising the naira, and inflation has declined consecutively for more than a year.
“The Federal government released over N1 trillion for capital projects in 2016 and N1.5 trillion in 2017, figures that are unprecedented in Nigeria’s history,” President Buhari said.
The President, who spoke at a state dinner held in his honour by the Jigawa State government, called on Nigerians to continue to support his administration’s well thought-out economic policies.
He listed the ‘Shuwarin overpass’ and ‘Dutse-Shuwarin-Kiyawa’ portion of the Kano – Maiduguri expressway, as well as the ‘Dutse-Laraba highway extension as part of areas in which the state has benefited from the Federal Government’s commitment to infrastructural rejuvenation.
President Buhari commended the state governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, for emulating his administration’s commitment to infrastructure development, despite severely limited resources available to the state.
He also lauded the state government for subscribing to the Federal Government’s renewable energy master plan by having the largest solar power investment portfolio in the country – the 330 megawatts joint solar power development station situated in Gwiwa Local Government of the state.
Commending the success of the Federal Government’s Social Intervention Programme in Jigawa State, the President urged other states that are yet to access the over N500 billion budgeted for the scheme due to “its stringent eligibility guidelines” to fully take advantage of the programme.
He equally lauded Governor Abubakar’s efforts as the head of the fertiliser supply and distribution programme, which has resulted in “unprecedented availability of fertiliser to farmers at zero level.”
“Your Excellency, you have done well. You deserve the support of your people to keep it up,” the President told the governor.