Saturday, 28 May 2016

Here is a list of President Buhari achievements

The presidency has released a list detailing all the achievements of
President Buhari in the last one year. He marks one year in office
tomorrow May 29th. The list as published by the News Agency of Nigeria
contains the following:
SECURITY:
The relocation of the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri,
since May 2015, contributed to the success in the fight against
insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.
As at February 2016, the total number of persons rescued by the
Nigerian troops during the ongoing operations in the North East came
to 11,595
Since December 2015, the well-motivated and rejuvenated Nigerian
Military have regained all Nigerian territories previously under Boko
Haram control.
Prioritized regional cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram
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.
Nigeria has provided $21million USD to the Task Force since June 2015
and is committed to an additional $79 million USD, bringing the total
of Nigeria's commitment to the Task Force to 100 million USD.
Cohesive international support in the fight against terrorism and
assistance to victims and communities affected by terrorism, following
President Buhari's meeting with G7 leaders and other world powers.
In May 2016, Nigeria hosted a Regional Security Summit to boost
military operations against Boko Haram and forge a global support for
the rehabilitation of the IDPs and rebuilding of the North East.
In June 2015, the United States announced a 5-million-dollar support
for the fight against the terrorists in the sub-region.
In April 2016, during the visit to Ms Samantha Power, the U.S
Ambassador to the UN to Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the U.S Government
further announced an additional $40 million USD for humanitarian
assistance in the sub-region
Recruitment of additional 10,000 persons into the Nigeria Police Force
is ongoing. The recruitment will address the manpower gap which
currently exists in the Nigeria Police
Overhaul of the dysfunctional topmost hierarchy of the Nigerian
military which resulted in optimal result and degradation of the Boko
Haram elements.
Was able to bring back our hitherto military allies; which saw the
United States and UK governments commit their resources to the fight
against the insurgents after previously backing out of negotiations
with the previous administration. The Israeli government has also
indicated interest in the fight against insurgency.
Introduction of the motor cycle battalion (This is so that the
Nigerian Army can travel to remote areas that were not accessible to
cars/trucks)
Realigned our partnership with regional allies by embarking on foreign
visits which resulted in bilateral and multilateral agreements to
tackle insecurity back home.
No more roadblocks and curfews, which normally impeded free flow of movement.
Continuous monitoring of activities in the region of war through the
use of satellite images and geographical information system is helping
in fighting insurgency and strategizing against the enemy.
The trips to our neighbouring countries showed the resolve of the
President to push Boko Haram elements out of existence by going for
the jugular of the group, cutting their arms, food supply routes.
Support has thus been mobilized through the Multinational Joint Task
Force.
Another major stride is the Trans National Organized Crime (TNOC)
where the president got partnership with regional allies in the fight
against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons.
As part of the reconfigured military partnership, the United States
donated 24 mine-resistant armoured vehicles (MRAP) which had protected
the Nigerian troops from the menace of Improvised Explosive Devices.
Today we have less causalities.
Reached out to the G7 countries and achieved the following:
intelligence sharing; technical military training; arms
deals/donations
Overhauling of NIMASA. A reversed policy of the past administration
where national infrastructural assets were given to militia leaders to
protect as against established bodies like the Nigerian Navy was
stopped.
The President Buhari government has drafted the army to partner with
other security agencies in ensuring the security of our national
infrastructure and this is already yielding the desired results.
A major ring of pipeline vandals in Lagos state were captured recently
in a joint operation by security forces led by the army.
The government has renewed its fight against oil bunkering
The Nigerian Navy has recorded tremendous success lately in
apprehending vessels used by oil thieves. This operation has improved
security on our water ways and it has also helped improve the revenue
of government.
Deployment of sophisticated weapons to ensure vandalism is contained
by setting up a pipeline security force in stamping out the menace.
Effective Management of the Separatist Biafran Movement
Improving the technical capacity of Nigerian Police Force. We now have
a forensic lab and GSM tracking device. We now have a more IT
integrated Police force.
Restructuring of Nigerian Immigration to stop cross border crimes.
NSCDC has become more proactive in the prevention of pipeline
vandalization, with arrest of several pipeline vandals.
Joint operations involving various security outfits in curbing the
menace of the herdsmen in the country has been set up.
The use of surveys and updated mappings across the country as
strategies for preventing threats among ethnic groups in Nigeria.
CORRUPTION
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.
To create a frame work for prosecuting the war against corruption and
institutionalize probity, President Buhari set up an Advisory
Committee on War Against Corruption.
The anti-corruption battle is gaining ground with several high profile
cases already in the courts. The administration is being guided by the
rule of law in the prosecution of corruption cases.
President Buhari enlisted the support of multilateral institutions
like the World Bank and IMF, security agencies, Western countries and
other friendly nations to locate and repatriate stolen assets.
At a London summit on anti-corruption, President Buhari announced that
Nigeria will begin the full implementation of the principles of the
OPEN contracting data standards.
In the first quarter of 2016, President Buhari embarked on trips to
the Middle East to sensitize the governments on the need to repatriate
stolen assets and hand over the looters for trial in Nigeria. In
January, Nigeria and UAE signed Judicial Agreements on Extradition,
Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal
Matters.
In March 2016, the Federal Government and the Swiss Government signed
a Letter of Intent On the Restitution of Illegally-Acquired Assets
forfeited in Switzerland. Under the agreement, Switzerland will
repatriate $ 321 million USD illicitly acquired by the Gen. Sani
Abacha family.
In March 2016, the Presidential Committee set up to probe contracts
awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) from
2011 to 2015 announced the recovery of over N7 billion from indicted
companies and individuals.
ECONOMY
Implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has provided
greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows. Between June
2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government TSA collection clocked
N3trillion.
To further instill 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, NNPC is now accountable and more transparent in
operations, publishing its monthly financial reports.
The President also resolved the lingering shadowy oil swap deals that
had cost the country billions of dollars and left it at the mercy of a
few rich Nigerians.
To alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in September 2015, President
Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to disburse N689.5 billion
as bailout to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries.
To stimulate the economy and reduce poverty, in April, 2016, President
Buhari approved deferment in the payment of the bailout as states were
still reeling under the burden of the fall in commodity prices.
Records of more than 34,000 ghost workers draining the nation's
resources were expunged from the Federal Civil Service, saving N2.29
billion monthly.
In 2015, President Buhari ruled out the appointment of a government
delegation for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. By this decision, the
government saved about one million U.S dollars and N30m of local
expenses
Enforcement of the Bank Verification Number: Also the BVN has ensured
that the menace of "ghost workers" are being identified and dealt
with, while looters with multiple accounts can no longer hide their
loot undetected.
Social Protection: Groundwork for social intervention/palliatives for
the poor is being put in place as data is being collated by the
economic planning office of the VP in conjunction with the World Bank.
Reorganization/restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) into a focused, accountable and transparent
institution with autonomous Units (Upstream; Downstream, Gas & Power;
Refineries; Ventures and lean Group Headquarters)
Reduction of operational deficits in NNPC by over 50% as at March 2016
as a result of Increased Transparency and Commercial focus
Conduct of NNPC outstanding Annual Audits from 2011 to 2014, and the
publication of Monthly Financial and Operations Reports to ensure
transparency
Introduction of third party financing in order to eliminate direct
funding of cash calls by the Federal Government
Renegotiation of existing service contracts under Joint Venture and
Production sharing contracts (PSC) Operations by about 30% leading to
operational efficiency improvements and cost reductions
Elimination of the Offshore Processing Agreement (OPA) through the
introduction of the Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme
with reputable off-shore refineries thereby yielding annual savings of
US$1 billion
Resuscitation of Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna Refineries presently
producing about 7 million litres of products per/day
Repair of products pipe lines and the resuscitation of supply of
products from Atlas Cove-Mosimi- Ibadan- Ilorin after a six year lull
Repairs of Escravos/ Warri and Bonny/Port Harcourt crude oil pipe lines
Introduction of a Price Modulation framework for downstream petroleum
product pricing to encourage responsiveness to market dynamics
Guided deregulation of the downstream sector to allow market forces
determine product price and eliminate subsidy payments
Introduction of the initiative on refinery co-location to increase
domestic refining capacity and minimize the drain on scarce foreign
exchange for product importation
Commenced policy reforms for gas monetization, flare out and
infrastructure development, to fast track power supply and economic
diversification.
POWER
Under President Buhari, the Federal Government agreed to a 50 million
Euro (about N11.15 billion) loan agreement with French government for
capacity-building and upgrade of power training facilities in Nigeria.
Nigeria signed a $237 million agreement with World Bank to improve power.
Chinese solar power manufacturers agreed with the Federal Government
to set up solar panel manufacturing business in Nigeria.
President Buhari has signed an agreement with the Chinese government
to improve Nigeria's power infrastructure
ENVIRONMENT
Presidential approval for the Implementation of United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP) report 2010 for the clean-up of
Ogoniland with regards to oil pollution and inclusion of stakeholders
in the process of implementation.
Continuation of the implementation of the Great Green Wall project to
fight and contain desertification in Northern Nigeria initiated by
past administration.
JUDICIARY
Since assumption of office, President Buhari has maintained a clear
stance on the rule of law and respect for separation of
powers.
The President has focused on the strengthening of institutions with
key appointment of professionals.
Appointment of 30 new Federal High Court Justices
NATIONAL IMAGE
On assumption of office, the President undertook some foreign trips
both within and outside Africa to re-establish Nigeria's position in
the global arena and solicit support for Nigeria and Africa.
President Buhari has continually pushed the agenda for enhancing
Nigeria's global image by always demonstrating Nigeria's credentials
in the 2015 general elections, which saw the country scoring high on
peaceful transition.
President Buhari strongly supported the emergence of a Nigerian, Dr
Akinwumi Adesina, as President of the Africa Development Bank.

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