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How Buhari’s ministers fare after a year in office – Premium Times

While one year may not be enough to judge the performance of ministers, PREMIUM TIMES’ presents a scorecard of some of the ministers based on promises…
President Buhari and his ministers

On November 11, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers to man 24 federal ministries.

While one year may not be enough to judge the performance of the ministers, PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete presents a scorecard of some of the ministers based on their promises, achievements and expectation of Nigerians

1) Ministry: Agriculture and Rural Development

Minister: Audu Ogbeh

State Minister: Heineken Lokpobiri

Promises: – To reduce the $32 billion Nigeria spends on importing food annually.

– To intensify research and marketing for food.

– To tackle the problem of high rate of malnutrition in the country.

-To tackle food poisoning which has led to the increase of cancer, liver and kidney failure by 25 per cent in the last 25 years.

Achievements:

-Produced Agriculture Roadmap tagged, “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020,” to revive the agricultural sector to boost food production in Nigeria.

-Set up 11-member National Fertilizer Technical Committee in line with government’s determination to create wealth and employment, ensure food security and sustained livelihood. The minister also said Nigeria would suspend subsidy on fertilizer until the right formulation of fertilizer was made available to farmers.

-The ministry and the CBN initiated the disbursement of about N75 billion loan to farmers in the 36 states and the FCT under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending.

-Initiated moves to import grasses from Brazil for grazing of cattle, as a way of reducing frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

-Plans to set up grazing reserves or cattle ranches to address the problem.

-To set up, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, a special unit of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to provide security for host communities of the proposed cattle ranches and protect agricultural investments.

-Engaged foreign experts to contain Tuta Absoluta, the pest that affected tomato production in the country. Nigeria 

Failures:

-Nigeria still spends between $3 billion and $5 billion annually on food importation, according to Mr. Ogbeh. He said rice importation alone costs the nation $6 million daily.

-Agriculture still contributes only about 40 per cent to the nation’s GDP

Score: Average

2) Ministry: Mines and Steel Development (Solid Minerals):

Minister: Kayode Fayemi

State Minister: Abubakar Bwari

Promise: To make solid minerals the vehicle to diversify Nigeria’s economy from crude oil.

Achievements:

-Produced a roadmap where Nigeria would work closely with the World Bank and major international investors to ensure best practices and due diligence in the mining sector.

–Proposed to the National Assembly a bill seeking the creation of an independent regulatory agency in the mining sector. The agency will function like the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in the power sector and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in the Communications sector. It will be involved in licensing prospective investors, monitoring, inspecting of mining activities.

–Ended the ownership crisis of the Ajaokuta Steel Company by securing an agreement with Global Steel Holdings Limited, an Indian firm, which effectively returned ownership of the company to the federal government. The ministry also renegotiated concession agreement with GSHL for the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe.

— Federal Government to make available an intervention fund to be accessed by serious-minded operators in the mining sector.

–States are now given specific role to play towards exploration and mining licenses issuance, by making their consent mandatory.

— State governments are now beneficiaries of the 13 percent derivation from mining revenues earned from the exploitation of solid minerals from their domains, just like the oil producing states in the Niger Delta region.

Failures:

-Solid Minerals sector still contributes only 0.3 percent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to Mr. Fayemi, at the 52nd Conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

-Illegal mining still thrives in the country with about five million Nigerians still engaging in artisanal mining, according to the minister.

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-About 100 kilogramme of gold leaves Nigeria every day and the country loses $1.54 million to illegal mining of the commodity.

-The Senate said the country is losing N4 trillion annually to illegal mining activities.

Score: Average

3) Ministry: Petroleum Resources

Minister: President Muhammadu Buhari

Minister of State: Ibe Kachikwu

Promises: The Minister of state promised to focus on boosting revenue generation by discovering more oil and gas fields; cutting cost; blocking leakages, and promoting transparency and accountability in the ministry’s business.

Achievements:

-Fuel queues disappeared following the deregulation of the downstream sector of the oil industry which led to the jacking up of the pump price of the product from N86.50 to N145.

-NNPC Reforms: Introduced “20 fixes” in the state-run oil company. The reforms included restructuring of the NNPC to bring it to profit yielding entity and reduce loss recorded in the past.

-Moved to resolve the grey areas and hasten the passage into law the omnibus Petroleum Industry Bill which has been before the National Assembly for seven years. The minister said the presidency will present three harmonized bills to the legislature for consideration.

– As of September, Nigeria’s crude oil output rose by 280,700 barrels per day to 1.385 million bpd, according to OPEC.

-Crude oil still accounts for over 90 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings, 35 per cent of GDP and 75 per cent of government revenue.

— Introduce a new funding model to end the perennial Joint Venture cash call problem in the country’s oil and gas industry.

— October 2016 deadline set for the conclusion of modalities for the implementation of integrated personal payroll information system (IPPIS) in oil industry agencies.

— Adoption of work plan to reactivate the refineries.

Failures:

– According to the August edition of the NNPC monthly financial and operations report, the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company produces 18.6% of the installed capacity, the Port Harcourt Refinery Company 19.5% and the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical company 18.78%.

–Importation of fuel persists: According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, despite the economic downturn, Nigeria spent N595.5 billion on the importation of fuel in the first six months of 2016, rising by N34.3 billion from the amount spent in the last six months of 2015. The country spent N276.226 billion on petrol import in the first quarter of 2016, while N319.28 billion was spent in the second quarter. The NBS report showed that the amount spent on fuel importation appreciated by 6.1 percent, compared with N561.2 billion spent in the second half of 2015.

-Nigeria still to recover its title as Africa’s largest producer as its output fell to 1.677 million barrels per day in March, as opposed to Angola’s 1.782 million bpd. This was mainly due to attack on oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.

-Failed to build certain critical pipelines to transport gas to the nation’s power plants which would have added another 2,000 MW to the nation’s electricity supply.

Score: Average

4) Ministry: Labour and Employment

Minister: Chris Ngige

State Minister: James Ocholi (Late)

Promises: To tackle unemployment effectively. “We will be at the forefront of the battle to stop the scourge of unemployment in the country,” Mr. Ngige, a former senator, told workers of the ministry. “We must, as a people, put on our thinking caps so that we can chart the way forward for employment generation.”

The minister also said the ministry would provide the enabling environment for all the sectors to thrive just as he said efforts were already on to block all leakages so available resources could be committed to development.

Achievements:

-–Resolved several labour disputes, including the one between the Federal Ministry of Woks, Power and Housing and the National Union of Electricity Employees, which would have thrown the nation into darkness and the one between NUPENG and PENGASSAN and the federal government over anti-labour activities.

-NDE, an agency of the ministry empowered over 4000 Nigerians under the Artisans Resettlement and Mentoring Scheme while recruiting and training 1,850 persons across the nation under the Community Based Training Scheme (CBTS).

–The NBS had said Nigeria had 106.69 million employed persons aged between 15 and 64 in the second quarter of 2016, a 0.65 per cent higher than the 106.00 million record in the first quarter.

–Rehabilitation and re-equipping of NDE skill centres to enhance their training capacity. The target is to train not less than 300,000 per year.

Failures:

-In August, the NBS reported that Nigeria’s unemployment rate rose from 12.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 to 13.3 per cent, as the number of people unemployed or underemployed rose from 24.4 million to 26.06 million.

-At least 18,919 Nigerians lost their public sector jobs between October 2015 and March 2016, NBS said.

-In the private sector, there were over 3000 job losses in the oil sector, according to NUPENG and PENGASSAN. In the banking sector, over 4000 lost their jobs. Zenith (1,200), Skye (175), EcoBank (1040), Diamond (200) and FCMB (150 and also closed down some of its branches).

Score: Below Average

5) Ministry: Power, Works and Housing:

Minister: Babatunde Fashola

State Minister: Mustapha Shehuri

Promises:

Over 40 road project and bridges were to be covered in 2016 alone. They include dualization of Kano-Maiduguri road (Sections I-V), Reconstruction and Pavement of Benin-Shagamu Expressway, Oju/Loko Bridge, 2nd Niger Bridge, dualization of Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Jebba Road, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Kotangora-Makura Road, Gombe-Numan-Yola Road Phase 11, Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki Road, dualization of Kano-Katsina Road Phase 1, dualization of Ibadan-Ilorin Section 11, Enugu-Onitsha Road and dualization of Sapele-Agbor-Ewu Road (Section 1).

On power, the minister promised steady power supply, saying “The power challenges are not impossible (to fix), most of them are man-made. I am determined to ensure we get to the point where Nigerian has uninterrupted power supply.” He was to later deny making the promise.

On Housing, the minister promised to provide 40 blocks of housing in each of the 25 state and FCT which will lead to “potential delivery of 12 flats per block and 480 flats per state. Subsequently providing 17,760 flats nationwide.”

Also, promised to build 360 houses in three states through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement in the first phase; develop “Rent to Own” housing scheme for those that cannot afford mortgage; and incorporate a new housing model into the National Building Code.

Achievements:

-Rehabilitation of some major roads began. They include Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Onitsha-Asaba-Benin road, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road, Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road, Kano-Western Bye-pass, Kano-Potiskum-Damaturu-Maiduguri Expressway, Kano-Katsina Road, Port Harcourt-Enugu Expressway etc

-Work resumed on Oju/Loko-Oweto Bridge,

-Paid over N70 billion to contractors handling federal jobs to return to site

-Signed a $237 million agreement with World Bank to improve power in the country.

-Although he inherited a little over 2000 MW, in February, the generating capacity of power rose to 5,074 MW, the highest Nigeria has ever generated in the 63 years (1950-2013) of government monopoly of the sector.

– Fixed the damages at the Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro hydro-power stations, all of which were running at half and below half capacity. Thus, they altogether recorded an increase from 1,405 MW to 1,240 MW in September. The capacity of the gas power stations rose to 1,480 MW. Egbin, for instance, recorded an increase from 880 MW to 1,100 MW and Delta station from 360 MW to 380MW.

-Got approval of FEC to purchase three transformers of 150 MVA to be installed in sub-stations of Shiroro, Osogbo and Kumbotso.

-Unveiled an ambitious housing programme aimed at evolving a nationally acceptable design that reflects the diversity of culture and weather in Nigeria while targeting the low and medium income earners. The minister said he would spend N10 billion to build low income housing estates in the states and the FCT.

Failures

-Achieved far less than the 40 projects which he said he would execute in the first year. For instance, the 2nd Niger Bridge, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos, Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road are among the many roads that are yet to be rehabilitated. Many major Nigerian roads are still death traps.

-Millions of Nigerians still live without power as the nation’s current generating capacity is merely 3,531.7 as of late October. It was 4,028 mid-October. The Nigerian Association of Energy Economists said only 45 percent of the country’s population are connected to the national grid and regular power supply is restricted to about 25 percent of the population. A group, Centre for Global Development said over 80 million Nigerians live without electricity.

-Increased electricity tariff by 45 per cent in December 2015, increasing it to N22.8 kilowatts per hour. The minister refused to obey a court order reversing the new tariff regime.

-Millions of Nigerian still do not have access to affordable housing. The World Bank said Nigeria has a housing deficit of about 17 million units and needs about 700,000 additional units each year for the next 20 years. A recent study by a top international consulting firm said about 80 per cent of Nigerians cannot afford a house that is more than N1 million.

Score: Average

Source: PremiumTimes

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In this second part, Festus Owete continues the review of the performance of Nigeria’s ministers, a year after they were appointed.

The first part reviewed the performance of handlers of five ministries.

The ministers were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 11, 2015.

6) Ministry: Transportation

Minister: Chibuike Amaechi

State Minister (Aviation): Hadi Sirika

Promises: To complete all rail projects, including the Lagos-Ibadan, Port Harcourt-Calabar, Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Calabar, Warri-Ajaokuta-Obaro-Abuja Rail projects and extend rail lines to all parts of the country.

-To encourage dry ports. To implement contingency plans for many of the country’s airports beginning with those of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. To concession the airports to improve safety and capacity.

-Provide efficient inland waterways.

Achievements:

-Completed the $1.457 billion Abuja-Kaduna Rail line conceived by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration with tracks were laid by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

-Prepared and forwarded Bills of National Transport Commission and Nigerian Railway Corporation to the National Assembly to enhance regulation and further opening opportunities for private sector investment into critical transport infrastructure.

-Near completion of the international terminal at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu began by the Jonathan administration.

– Nigeria, as a member of the International Martime Organisation (IMO) submitted herself to the IMO’s voluntary audit.

-Initiated moves for establishment of a new national shipping line through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

-Establishment of inland ports. Inaugurated the Bakassi Deep Sea Port steering and delivery committee. Plans for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry have begun following FEC’s approval of the projects.

Failures:

-The transport sector still contributes a meagre 1.41 per cent to the Gross National Product.

-Scrapping of the Maritime University project on the ground that the previous administration paid too much to acquire a land for the institution.

-The nation’s airports are still in pitiable condition, a situation admitted by the minister of state recently. The decrepit facilities at most of the airports affect the low passenger traffic.

-Nigeria’s airports still host only 15 million passengers compared to counterparts abroad.

-Increasing cases of delayed flights. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said that domestic airlines operating in the country recorded 7, 722 cases of delayed flights in the third quarter of 2016. It had said the airlines recorded 16,353 cases between January and June.

Score: Average

7) Ministry: Education:

Minister: Adamu Adamu

State Minister: Anthony Onwuka

Promises: To address the out-of-school children phenomenon, strengthen basic and secondary school education, capacity building and professional development for teacher education, quality and access in higher education.

Others are providing e-learning, technical and vocational education and training, education data and planning and adult literacy ad special needs education.

Achievements:

-Presented a roadmap for radical change in the education sector between 2016 and 2019.

-Commenced process for the abolition of dichotomy between the Higher National Diploma (HND) and university degree.

-Modification of the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for candidates seeking admission into the higher institutions of learning.

-Approval of eight new private universities.

Failures:

-Nigeria’s literacy level has not reduced. The nation currently has 65 million illiterates, according to UNESCO.

-Funding of education: Only eight per cent was allocated to the education sector in 2016 against the stipulated 26 per cent proposed by the UNESCO.

-About 11 million school age Nigerian children are out of school, making the country the highest in the world.

-There is still proliferation of unregulated private schools.

–Decline in teaching profession. Over 40 per cent of Nigerian teachers are not qualified as they do not possess the prescribed minimum qualifications (NCE) for teaching.

-Unabated decline in quality of education.

-Labour disputes still thrive in the system.

Score: Below Average

8) Ministry: Defence

Minister: Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali

Promises: Better welfare for both civilian staff and military officers; accountability and due process in procurement process in the ministry; degrade terrorism by December of 2015; and quelling the activities of oil thieves, pipeline vandals and other social vices.

Achievements:

-Significant degradation of terrorist activities in the north-east in line with the marching order by President Muhammadu Buhari to end terrorism by December 2015.

-Release of 21 of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

-Commuting of the death sentence passed on 66 soldiers to 10 years imprisonment. The soldiers were court martialed for mutiny and trying to kill their commanding officer in the war on Boko Haram. The Army Council also ordered the release of Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti who was tried by a special court martial for cowardice while serving as Commander of a Joint Multinational Task Force in Baga, Borno State. He was also demoted to the rank of colonel.

-Compulsory retirement of about 41 army officers for their alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms procurement deal and “unprofessional” conduct during the 2015 elections. All the affected officers were in the ranks of major general, brigadier general, colonel, lieutenant colonel and major. Some of them said they were not given fair hearing.

Failures:

-Pockets of bombing by the Boko Haram insurgents still occur despite the significant degradation of the Boko Haram insurgents. In October alone, scores of traders and travellers were killed when the insurgents bombed the Mun Garage in Maiduguri. Also, about nine persons were killed when bombs went off along Maiduguri-Damboa Road close to the IDPs Camp. Scores of soldiers have also been killed while about 83 troops are still missing.

-Allegations of extra-judicial killings by the military continue. There were reports of soldiers killing unarmed pro-Biafra protesters, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria and civilians in Niger Delta region.

-Controversial reinstatement of Major General Ahmadu Mohammed into the military. Amnesty International had alleged Mr. Mohammed’s involvement in human rights abuses while serving as GOC 7 Division, Maiduguri, Borno State.

-Controversial handling of the allegation against the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who owns property in Dubai. Rather than investigating the matter as demanded by Nigerians, Mr. Dan-Ali said the allegation was calculated to distract the military from its war against insurgency.

-Controversial compulsory retirement of Mustapha Onoiveta, former ADC to late President Umaru Yar’Adua and Ojogbane Adegbe, former ADC to Goodluck Jonathan, which many alleged was politically-motivated.

-Dismissal of senior army officials without following due process allegedly for vendetta.

-Inability to contain the activities of Niger Delta militant blowing up oil pipelines. Apart from affecting the crude oil production leading to loss of revenue, Nigeria lost a colossal 3000 MW of electricity between April and September to consistent vandalisation and sabotage of the pipelines and assets.

– Majority of the kidnapped Chibok girls yet to be released.

Score: Average

9) Ministry: Health

Minister: Professor Isaac Adewole.

State Minister: Osagie Ehanire

Promises:

Women and child health care to be given adequate attention; Teaching hospitals to be equipped; improved provision of deliver health care services from the grassroots level to the federal level; rehabilitate north-east primary health care; build, renovate and revitalize 10,000 primary health care facilities in the 774 local government areas.

Achievements:

-Launched Rapid Result Initiative programme tagged “Better Health for all” to produce quick and visible impact in the lives of Nigerians, especially the vulnerable and the poor.

-Commenced the establishment of 10,000 primary health centres in the nation’s 109 senatorial districts and set up a 19-member committee to eradicate the disease. Released N420 million to each of the 36 states and Abuja to revitalize primary health care centres.

-Moved to establish the National Health Policy which will give up to 100 million Nigerians access to basic and affordable health care services.

-Initiating moves to discourage Nigerians from seeking medical attention abroad.

Failures:

-Fresh outbreak of Lassa fever. Over 80 cases identified since mid-November 2015.

-Two fresh cases of Wild Polio Virus diagnosed barely two years after Nigeria was declared polio-free. This came as the country was billed to be declared polio free in 2017.

-No cancer machine is currently working in Nigeria

-More Nigerians still seek medical treatment abroad. Statistics show that over 5000 Nigerians seek medical treatment abroad annually and spend as much as N250 billion.

-Infant mortality rate still on the rise

Score: Below Average

10) Ministry: Finance

Minister: Kemi Adeosun

Promises: “I promise to make hard work my watchword as a Minister of Finance. I will do my best to bring innovations into the system to improve the economy and do my best in line with the vision of Mr. President to bring a new lease of life to our people without leaving any stone unturned.”

-Reduce cost of governance and strengthen institutions to combat corruption extract inefficiencies in public service.

-Increase government expenditure on infrastructure and fund budget deficit and negative balance cost effectively.

-Pursue aggressive programme of “fiscal housekeeping.”

Achievements:

-Successfully implemented the Treasury Single Accounts conceived by the Jonathan administration. Between June 2015 and April 2016, TSA saved the economy some N3 trillion.

-Discovered about 30,000 ghost workers thus reducing federal government’s wage bill from N165 billion to N142 billion.

— Sets up efficiency unit in the Federal Ministry of Finance to set guidelines and standards to benchmark government expenditure for efficiency and reduction in costs and overheads;

— Saves about N12 billion annually through introduction of price guidelines and shared services policy among MDAs by the Efficiency Unit to increase transparency in the procurement process.

-Early release of capital votes to ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.

Failures:

– Nigeria’s economy went into recession.

-Untidy 2016 budget process leading to squabbles between the executive and legislature.

-Nigeria proposing to borrow a whopping $29.960 billion in the next three years to fund infrastructure. It will be the biggest borrowing by the country.

Score: Average

Source: PremiumTimes

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In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements.

Read our first part here and second part here.

In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements.

Ministry: Industry, Trade and Investment

Minister: Okechukwu Enelemah

State Minister: Aisha Abubakar

Promises:

-To promote the diversification of the nation’s economy predicated on industrialization

-Create enabling environment for industry, trade and investment where government will act as a partner to business and not a competitor.

-Improve the Ease-of-Doing business in Nigeria;

-Implement the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan launched in 2012 by the Jonathan administration.

-Commitment to SMEs and the disbursement of micro-credit loans to 1.6 million to traders, artisans, farmers and young entrepreneurs in the country. 

Achievements:

-The ministry through the Bank of Industry (BoI) said it disbursed N95 billion to 400 enterprises in the first half of 2016. BoI also started implementing the N140 billion Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

-BoI also approved N426 million for disbursement to 253 members of the National Youth Service Corps under its Graduate Entrepreneur Fund Programme.

-Set up the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to focus on making Nigeria more attractive for investment.

-The CBN reported that Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria increased by $673.95 in the second quarter of 2016. For instance, Nigeria attracted $6 billion in new investments from China.

-Ministry is developing a diversified export base and a solid base of domestic manufacturing.

-Proposes a draft national policy on biofuel production and distribution to be signed into law soon. Part of the incentives include setting up of an appropriate funding arrangement of up to $100 billion for the establishment of a Biofuel Industry Equity Fund by the federal government.

Failures

-At least 272 companies – manufacturing outfits and 222 SMEs – have closed shops in the last one year leading to loss of 18,000 job loss, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

-MAN also said no fewer than 41 essential raw materials for many manufacturers across the sectors can no longer be sourced locally.

-Imports increased unabated. Nigeria’s imports are in the region of $14.54 billion. Commodities imported include food, machinery, chemicals, transport, equipment, manufactured goods and live animals.

-The World Bank’s Report on Ease-of-Doing-Business in Nigeria showed that she moved further down Number 182 out of 189 countries assessed in 2016. She had ranked 169 out of the same number of economies in the last quarter of 2015.

-Nigeria recorded a NGN 29.4 billion trade deficit in June, swinging from NGN386 billion surplus a year earlier. Export declined 26.7 per cent year-on-year to NGN727 billion and imports went up 24.8 per cent to NGN757 billion.

-The NBS reported that Nigeria economy recorded a total decline of $2.1 billion in inflow in the first 12 months of the Buhari administration

Score: Average

12) Ministry: Science and Technology

Minister: Ogbonnaya Onu

Promises:

-.Close technological gaps to advance national development

–To make Nigeria self-sufficient in meeting the challenges of daily living

-Put all structures on ground to ensure that Nigerian astronauts land in space on or before 2030

-To make Nigeria begin to manufacture pencils in 2017

-Organise the first National Science and Technology competitions for the 774 LGAs in the country.

-Pursue the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by 2030

-Create employment and empowering the youth to make meaningful contributions to national development.

Achievements

-The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) commenced the provision of In-Orbit Test (IOT) service for the Belarus National System of Satellite Communications and Broadcasting called Belintersat. The service would rake in $6 million for Nigeria for the 15-year period it would last.

-The ministry now helps inventors to pay for their patents to encourage more Nigerians to tread the path of innovation and invention

-Signed MoU with NASCO Foods Limited for commercial production of high density biscuits for the National School Feeding Programme

-Commissioned a technical research into the Zika Virus which has been in Nigeria for 60 years without harming anybody. The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) was asked to conduct the research into the strain to guide the country.

-Promotion of the use of Made-in-Nigeria goods by directing all 17 agencies under the ministry to patronize INNOSON vehicles as well as other local manufacturing companies

Failures

-Low patronage and encouragement from government for inventors

 –Nigeria’s automotive industry yet to compete favourably with foreign companies though the minister blames it on the absence of research and development.

-Absence of synergy between government, private sector, research and development institutions and the absence of a strong research leadership drive at all levels

-Diversification of the sources of energy to forestall a setback by a single energy yet to be effected.

Score: Below Average

13: Ministry: Communications

Minister: Adebayo Shittu

Promises:

–To make the communication sector a springboard for industrial and administrative revolution.

-To evolve a policy that will engage the use of ICT in the nation’s universities and polytechnics, which can generate a lot of income for government

-Reposition NIPOST to generate more revenue

-To convert the Digital Bridge Institute into Multi-campus ICT University, the first of its kind in Africa.

-To implement the roadmap for the communication sector and promote e-government

Achievements:

–The telecommunications sector increased Nigeria’s GDP by 8.7 per cent in 2015, generating spill overs with uptakes in financial transactions technology and payments systems, E-commerce facilitation and proliferation of transport services

-The Ministry generated over N500 million from Radio Licensing

–Unbundled the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) Limited into five entities to make it commercially viable and compete with the other information and communications technology (ICT) companies operating in Nigeria’s emerging electronic commercial sector. The entities include NIPOST Banking and Insurance e-Services, NIPOST Property and Development Company, NIPOST Transport and Logistics Services, NIPOST e-Commerce Services and so on.

-Inaugurated four special anti-corruption postage stamps created by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), to wage total war corruption.

 –Chinese investors brought in $15 billion in the ICT sector, which will ultimately create about 2000 jobs.

 Failures:

-Nigeria lost about N700 billion as MTN is to pay only N330 billion out of the N1.03 trillion it was fined for failing to disconnect subscribers not properly registered. MTN is to pay the money within three years.

-Nigeria still loses about N78 billion annually to cybercrime

-Nigerians mobile phone users still plagued by unsolicited messages and forced to pay for unsuccessful services and drop calls as the NCC cannot sanction defaulting Telecom companies.

Score: Below Average

14) Ministry: Information and Culture

Minister: Lai Mohammed

Promises:

-To restructure, reinvent and retool NTA, FRCN and other federal government-owned media in order to position them to compete favourably with other broadcasters. This is to ensure they provide compelling contents that would make them attractive to viewers and advertisers.

-To ensure that no public media organisation denies access to the political opposition

-Embark on “Buy Nigeria Campaign” to raise awareness on local content

-Ensure growth of the film industry and complement the efforts of the professionals who built the industry from the scratch

-Pursue the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting by July 2017

-Turn around the creative industry which encompasses music, film production, advertising, arts and culture, to create one million jobs in three years.

-Make culture the bedrock of Nigeria’s economy. To encourage public and private sector participation and partnership.

–To review the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) document with a view to fast-tracking its passage into law. It is aimed at helping to regulate the Nollywood and make it play meaningful role in national development.

Achievements

-Initiated the “Change Begins With Me” programme to change the attitude of Nigerians for better and sanitise the society.

-Launched a pilot scheme in Jos as parts of efforts to meet the deadline for Digital Switched Over, DSO. Also licensed 13 set-top box manufacturers and their factories commissioned.

-Began the process of making public-owned media credible and their staff more professional as well as ensuring editorial independence of the media. In doing this, the minister began by initiating a partnership between the FRCN and the BBC to help build capacity of the corporation’s staff.

-Signed a MoU with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to transform the creative industry into a profitable one and Nigeria’s greatest assets and revenue sector.

-Secured the assistance of Japan and France to develop capacity in production of animation and children films. The Canadian government also offered to sponsor the training of about 1000 film makers on animation.

–Set up a Ministerial Committee on the Review of the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria. This is aimed at regulating the Nollywood.

-Despite Nigeria’s GDP contracting to -0.36 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, the entertainment and recreational sector showed a growth of 8.4 per cent, according to NBS.

Failures

-Lied to the nation that the APC-led federal government had fulfilled all its campaign promises to Nigerians. He stated this while speaking on Channels Television last May during the one year anniversary of the Buhari administration. He said, “It has been very challenging, very fulfilling, but I must say with all sense of modesty that we have fulfilled all our pledges.”

-Yet to adequately address government’s involvement in the tourisms sector. The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FIAN, says it still takes a long time for tourism investors to get approval from government and that is why progress is not being made.

-Controversial N13.1 million loan he demanded from the National Broadcasting Commission to embark on a trip to China. Critics claimed the minister has been stinging the 15 agencies and commissions under the ministry for loans.

– Only two Nigerian sites – Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa – are recognised by UNESCO.

Score: Average

15) Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Minister: Mohammed Bello

Promises: Take Abuja to greater heights and make it a better place than he met it

-Pursue the development of the satel­lite towns and improve upon the road networks and transportation system

-Pledged to complete the Karshi-Apo Road to decongest the Abuja-Keffi Road and promised to pay the contractor outstanding N324 million.

-To build 400 units of houses every year to close the housing deficit and provide affordable accommodation for the workforce.

-To be fair in allocating plots earmarked for religious worship centres in the Abuja Master Plan.

-To create 10,000 jobs by the year 2020.

-To make the Abuja rail system operational in the last quarter of 2017.

Achievements:

-Commissioned the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Project from Gurara Dam in Kaduna State to the Lower Usuma Dam, in Abuja through a three-meter diameter pipe covering about 75 kilometres, to improve water supply.

-Inaugurated the new management team of AEPB after he dissolved the previous management over a N9.8 billion debt owed to the board as well as non-performance.

-Gave bailout of N1.6 billion to the six Area Councils to settle the salaries owed their staff.

-Moved the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) to Karshi to bring it closer to the rural people that the department is meant to serve.

-Offset N2 billion owed to cleaning and maintenance contractors by previous administrators to enable them return to evacuate solid waste.

-Suspended 13 officers undergoing prosecution by EFCC

-Ordered end to cattle grazing in Abuja

Failures:

-Deplorable condition of roads in all the satellite towns

–Inability to clear heaps of garbage which have overtaken some major streets in the satellite towns and some areas in the city centre

-Most traffic lights in the city are not working, endangering the lives of motorists and other road users

-Has no clear plan on how to provide potable water for the satellite towns in Abuja

Score: Below Average

16) Ministry: National Planning:

Minister: Udoma Udoma

State Minister: Zainab Ahmed

-Promises:

-To revise the ’20-20-20′ economic development plan inherited from the previous administration

-To send the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly early October 2016. “Our intention is that the budget should reach the National Assembly early in October to give them enough time to pass the budget before the end of the year,” the minister said.

-To unveil a policy that will galvanize national support for Made-in-Nigeria products. This is aimed at strengthening the economy and positioning the nation for self-sufficiency.

 Achievements:

-Started work on 2017 budget early and got approval for a timetable for the budget, noting: “As we are finishing with this budget we are starting on 2017.”

-Initiated bilateral meetings with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as a way of providing technical support to improve the quality of their submission, preparatory to their formal response to the 2016 budget call circular

Failures

-Poor preparation of the 2016 budget which was trailed by several controversies

-Shoddy preparation of the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper causing the Senate to reject it. The legislature described it as “empty.”

-Failed to organize the 2016 national census

Score: Below Average

17) Ministry: Environment

Minister: Amina Mohammed

State Minister: Ibrahim Jibrin

Promises:

-To encourage use of recycled materials in the country.

-To ensure industries reduce pollution and other hazards that may contribute to climate change and its effects.

-To diversifying the nation’s economy by reclaiming deserts for agricultural purpose.

-To launch a clean and green programme in order to address the menace of indiscriminate disposal of plastics and polythene bags.

Achievements:

-Commenced the Clean-up of the Ogoni environment in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations.

-Unveiled new technology that would aid in rapid response to oil spills and prevent the further degradation of the environment.

-Initiated collaboration with NIMET and put in place other mechanisms to respond to future incidence of flooding in the country.

-Sustained reduction of floods across the country

Failures

-Solid waste management remains a challenge as the country still collects 20-30% of the 3.2 tons of waste it generates annually.

-About 1.5 million trees are cut daily in Nigeria, thereby creating room for desert encroachment and over 576 million trees were lost annually due to deforestation.

-The menace of erosion, desertification and deforestation on the rise with little response from the ministry

Score: Below average

Source: PremiumTimes

 

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