The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, boasted that the All Progressives Congress can rely on the achievements of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to campaign for next year’s election.
According to him, the Buhari Administration is spoilt for choice in celebrating its achievements.
Addressing journalists at the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023’ presentation in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, the minister berated the opposition party for alleging that Buhari has nothing to show for his two-term.
Mohammed said, “I want to address what I will call an absurdity that is being bandied about by the opposition, that the Buhari Administration has nothing to campaign within the run-up to the 2023 general elections.
“It’s a cruel irony that the party that presided over the affairs of this great country in a time of plenty but could not complete a single modern rail line, is the one accusing an Administration that has completed at least three standard gauge rail lines of lacking in achievements.
“They are quick to point to some economic indices like the Naira exchange rate and inflation, but the truth is that if they were the ones confronted with having to fight a once-in-a-century pandemic, two economic recessions and low oil prices, Nigeria would have had no economy to even talk about!
“Indeed, the Buhari Administration is spoilt for choice in celebrating its achievements. As I said, we have completed the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Rail-lines, we have commissioned brand new airport terminals in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, we have completed housing projects in 35 states, we have constructed or are constructing road projects in every state, we have the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme that has almost weaned us from dependence on imported rice and other crops, we met 15 standard rice mills and now we have over 50, we have our unprecedented National Social Investment Programme under which 9.8 million school children are fed one meal daily, under which 1 million youth have been empowered and another 500,000 who are undergoing trainings under the N-Power and the 1,632,480 households that have been enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, and we are proud of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure (also known as Deep Blue Asset), aimed at managing, controlling and protecting Nigerian waterways towards the advancement of coastal prosperity. I can go on and on but that means we won’t have the opportunity to hear from the Honourable Minister of Transportation.