- President Buhari has said that the nation’s economy is steadily improving
- The president urged Nigerians to remain optimistic as the future of the country is bright
- He also called on Nigerians to continue supporting his administration’s well thought-out economic policies
President Muhammadu Buhari at a state dinner held in his honour on Monday, May 14, by the Jigawa state government, said the nation’s economy is steadily improving, as it has taken a turn for the better.
NAIJ.com gathered that the president in a statement on Tuesday, May 15, by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, urged Nigerians to remain optimistic, assuring everyone that the future of the country is bright.
Speaking at the dinner during his two-day working visit, President Buhari called on Nigerians to continue supporting his administration’s well thought-out economic policies. He urged Nigerians to remain optimistic as the future of the country is bright.
"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," the President said.
President Buhari 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 Jigawa state has benefited from the federal government's commitment to infrastructural rejuvenation.
He also applauded Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state for emulating his administration's commitment to infrastructure development despite severely limited resources available to the state.
"The president 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 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.
President Buhari equally lauded Governor Badaru's efforts as the head of the fertilizer supply and distribution programme which has resulted in "unprecedented availability of fertilizer to farmers at zero level," the statement added.
The president told Jigawa governor: "Your Excellency, you have done well. You deserve the support of your people to keep it up."
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NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, May 15, said his administration would not disappoint Nigerians, saying everything possible was being done to ameliorate their hardship.
Buhari stated this during an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Dutse as part of activities of his two day working visit to Jigawa.
He said that he was aware of hardship faced by people as a result of the economic crunch and hike in prices of essential commodities.
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