Nigerians Want Immediate Deliverables, Rewane Tells Buhari, Ministers

Economist, Bismarck Rewane says President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his new cabinet need to understand the urgency to deliver as Nigerians want immediate deliverables.

Rewane who is also the chief executive officer of Financial Derivatives Company said this in an interview on Channels Television programme, Business Morning.

Rewane noted that President Buhari’s plan to deliver growth and lay the foundation for 10million jobs in the next 10 years is a long-term vision which contrasts Nigerians hope to see immediate results.

“How are they going to achieve this? The President has laid out his vision but the thing is that 10 years is a long time. Nigerians can’t wait for 10 years, they can’t even wait for 10 months, they want results now.

“Mr President, yes we like this (10-year plan) but we want some immediate deliverables.

“To get the immediate deliverables, first and foremost there has to be fiscal and monetary coordination to be able to unlock and deliver results.

“We have to manage our expectations and go back to total factor productivity or labour productivity,” he said.

Rewane added that the President and his team have to understand that there is a control and command economy.

According to him, the days of economy protection, days of controls and restrictions would automatically force you to change your investment behaviour.

 

Buhari Has Political Will To Surpass Past Governments – Oshiomhole

BuhariThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has a contrary view to the perspective of the PDP on the 30 days of President Muhamamdu Buhari in office.

Governor Oshiomhole believes the President has the political will to do better than past governments because of what he perceives as the President’s commitment to fashioning out policies and programmes that will impact directly on the lives of average Nigerians.

He said that the assurance of the will of the President to deliver on party’s manifestos and campaign promises came after the meeting he and some governors had with the President in Abuja.

The Governor, however, says there “will be no quick fix measures” because Buhari inherited a treasury that is almost empty.

“All the same, he has not come to lament that, but he has come to give a new hope and we are more inspired now,” he added.

Mr Oshiomhole has asked Nigerians to be patient with the President and support him in order for him to deliver on the promises he made before and after assuming office.

The PDP, in a statement on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, had referred to President Buhari’s first 30 days in office as “30 days of motion without movement”.

The opposition party said that it finds it necessary to pray for the Buhari-led federal government as it is deeply worried that the President, who promised to unveil his cabinet two weeks after his inauguration, has not been able to decide on key appointments such as ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), a Chief of Staff and advisers in key sectors of the economy.

The PDP believes this is having negative effects on Nigeria’s economy.

They also berated the President’s handling of the country’s anti-terror war.

PDP Says Buhari Needs Prayers

pdpIt’s a month since the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari but the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is asking Nigerians to join in praying for the government for it to succeed.

The PDP, in a statement on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, says it becomes necessary to pray for the Buhari-led federal government because of what it termed as 30 days of motion without movement.

The PDP says it is deeply worried that the President, who promised to unveil his cabinet two weeks after his inauguration, has not been able to decide on key appointments such as ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), a Chief of Staff and advisers in key sectors of the economy.

Mr Metuh added that the situation is taking its toll on the economy, which has according to him in the last 30 days, witnessed unprecedented decline with a terrifying crippling of foreign and domestic investments including activities in the money and capital market sectors.

The PDP also criticised the President for the handling of counter insurgency since assuming office.

It said that apart from the directive to relocate the counter terrorism command center to Borno State and seeking assistance from foreigners, no other concrete step has been taken in the fight against insurgency.

“Instead, the anti-terrorism effort has completely lost steam in the last 30 days, with insurgents, who had already been pushed to the verge of surrender in the Sambisa forest by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, now surging back and spreading into the country,” it said.

Buhari Is Busy Cleaning PDP’s Augean Stable – Presidency

BuhariThe Presidency, in reaction to the PDP’s criticism of Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s first 30 days in office, says the administration has been kept busy cleaning PDP’s “Augean Stable”.

The opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, referred to President Buhari’s first 30 days in office as “30 days of motion without movement“, asking Nigerians to pray for the administration.

In a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said that it was amusing to read what the National Publicity Secretary of the defeated Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, considers a 30 days appraisal of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

According to Mr Adesina, “He (Metuh) wants Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the government, so that things would begin to move (but) what he does not know is that Nigerians had long formed such coalition.

“They are hands in hands, and that was what gave victory to President Buhari in the March 28, 2015 poll. They had teamed up to uproot an administration that had brought the country to her knees, and was about to tip her off the precipice. And Nigerians have resolved that never would they allow any government to divide them along regional, religious and ethnic fault lines again.”

He stated that the Buhari administration is naturally contemplative because there was no reason to the way PDP ran the country, particularly in the immediate past dispensation and that is why the “Augean Stable is being cleaned”.

Explaining that the Buhari administration has only been scrupulous and painstaking in its approach, he said, “Across all sectors, our national life was devalued, and it takes meticulousness and sure-footedness to repair all the breaches.”

While maintaining that the Buhari administration would deliver on its promises, Mr Adesina added that after all that is being planned by the current administration has matured, and bearing fruits, Nigerians would be able to determine who is serving them acceptably, and who has taken them for a ride.

The Presidency also says siphoning money from the treasury “was the pastime of the immediate past administration, and the enormity of the sleaze will be evident when stolen money, to the tune of billions of dollars, is recovered, and returned to the national treasury soon”.