Nigeria is taking a giant leap in infrastructure development by speeding up ongoing projects and investing heavily in the construction and repair of highways, railways and power generating plants across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the Buhari administration has chosen to fast track projects related to infrastructure in order to pump money into the economy as a way of pulling the economy out of recession.
To this end, he said that an unprecedented amount of N750 billion naira has been released for capital projects in the last five months and that counterpart funds for the take-off of the $11bn Kano-Lagos rail project had been paid.
On the resurgence of militancy and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region, Garba appealed to the militants to maintain peace in the region as the President seeks a permanent solution to the problems that are worrisome to every citizen.
“We must keep national interest above all else and give priority to eschewing violence and destruction,” he urged.
The Presidential spokesman expressed regrets that despite its good faith in pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta stakeholders, the militant groups have not reciprocated the government’s good gesture in finding peaceful and lasting solution to the crisis in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.
In his words: “Despite the government’s practical demonstration of goodwill by bringing the parties or stakeholders to the round table, the militant groups have continued to blow up national economic assets.”
The Presidential Spokesman, while cautioning that violence brings no benefit to anyone, appealed to Niger Delta leaders at all levels to exert every influence they have to stop the violence and economic sabotage “so that normalcy returns to the region.”