Presidency releases Fact Sheet on Nigeria

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

In Nigeria, the Presidency has released what it calls “Facts Sheet” of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is marking one year in office on May 29.

“The Facts Sheet” which is from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina scores the government high.

It says in particular, “the Facts Sheet” presents many of the areas of the campaign promises of the Nigerian leader when he was seeking the coveted post, especially his promise to fight against insecurity, fight against corruption and create employment through revamping of the nation’s economy.

It further stated that within the year, “the Nigerian Military Command Centre relocated to Maiduguri and fought boko haram, rescuing 11,595 persons from the fangs of the terrorists prioritised international and regional cooperation in the fight against the insurgency and violent extremism, through the operations of the 8,500 strong Multi-National Joint Task Force in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, currently headed by a Nigeria military general.”

“Right from the moment he won the Presidential election in 2015, the impression of the President as a ‘‘no nonsense and incorruptible leader’’ sent a signal to looters of public funds, with many of them returning funds that had been stolen under the previous administration, the Facts Sheet revealed.

It also revealed that many stolen Nigerian money stashed abroad were being returned while a number of agreements have been signed for the repatriation of more of those stolen funds and calling on various nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to come to the aid of Nigeria.

On coming to power, President Buhari ordering for an Implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has provided greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows.

Between June 2015 and April 2016, the Nigerian government TSA collection clocked N3 trillion.

“To further instil fiscal discipline, President Buhari directed the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, thereby plugging loopholes for leakages with new technology.

The opaque accounting structure of the NNPC has been reconstructed to be more transparent with the closure of more than 40 accounts. As a corporate entity, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation-NNPC is now accountable and more transparent in operations, publishing its monthly financial reports”, the facts sheet further revealed.

Other key aspects to the national life of Nigeria the President is showcasing include steady progress in oil and gas; robust multi-million Dollars power agreements with various nations for electricity supply to jump start the economy while the environment and judiciary remain vital as the nation moves to maintain its leading status of the African economy.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has met privately with the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria, where he explained these giant strides and solicited for their support to ensure his government serves Nigerian better.

He said information dissemination was needed as a bridge between the government and the electorate through the media.

The Senior Adviser to the President on media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the two who were editors and Presidents of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, called on media professionals to be on board to assist government to serve the people better.