Reiterating his campaign promises as he received Board of Directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group at the State House, President Buhari said his administration is working hard and focused on delivering three-pronged promises of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians, halting the pillage of the economy by corrupt public officials, and creating employment opportunities for the youths.
President Buhari said the recession which posed a challenge to fulfilling the promises was already dwindling, with the economy smarting out and posting better results on falling inflation rates, higher foreign reserve and better ranking on ease of doing business.
The President who thanked the Chinese government for its support in improving infrastructure in Nigeria, said;
“If you look critically into the 2018 budget, we have already taken into account key issues of more stable electricity, construction of roads and rails, and the airport concession’’ he said.
“We send our gratitude to the Chinese for all their support to Nigeria. Since Independence, no country has helped our country on infrastructural development like the Chinese. In some projects, the Chinese help us with 85 per cent payment, and soft loans that span 20 years. No country has done that for us,’’ he said.
President Buhari who also talked about the mayhem unleashed by herdsmen in some parts of the country which led to loss of lives and properties, said the situation will be brought under control by security forces deployed to the vulnerable areas across the country.
Kyari Abba Bukar, Chairman of the NESG Board of Directors who commended the government for the “pragmatic approach’’ in engaging with citizens of Niger Delta region, which had translated into steady rise in oil production, said;
“Your Excellency, we salute your courage in providing support to the states that have had fiscal challenges. We recognise that without the intervention of the Presidency, many state governments would have been unable to pay salaries last year,’’ he said.