The acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has stated that much of 2016 was spent clearing the mess inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Osinbajo stated this in bhis nationwide broadcast of the Democracy Day and two years of the All Progressive Congress (APC)- lead administration.
“One of the first tasks of the Cabinet and the Economic Management Team was to put together a Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget, targeting initiatives that would create speedy yet lasting impact on the lives of Nigerians.
“Indeed, much of 2016 was spent clearing the mess we inherited and putting the building blocks together for the future of our dreams; laying a solid foundation for the kind of future that you deserve as citizens of Nigeria.
According to the acting president, President Buhari during the Budget Presentation Speech to the National Assembly last December “outlined our Economic Agenda in detail and assured that 2017 -would be the year in which you would begin to see tangible benefits of all the planning and preparation work.
“It is my pleasure to note that in the five months since he delivered that speech, we have seen tremendous progress, as promised.
“Take the example of our Social Investment Programme, which kicked off at the end of 2016. Its Home Grown School Feeding component is now feeding more than 1 million primary school children across seven states and would be feeding three million by the end of the year.
“N-Power, another component has engaged 200,000 unemployed graduates – none of whom needed any ‘connections’ to be selected.
“Beneficiaries are already telling the stories of how these initiatives have given them a fresh start in their lives.
“Microcredit to a million artisans, traders and market men and women has begun. While conditional cash transfers to eventually reach a million of the poorest and most vulnerable households has also begun” he explained.topics from