By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—Three days to the first year anniversary of its Federal Government, yesterday, presented its mid-term scorecard for the past 12 months, saying the present economic challenges facing the country were not enough excuse for failure in fulfilling electoral promises.
Presenting the scorecard yesterday, at a meeting with a team of ministers and the Broadcasting Organization of Nigerian, BON, in Abuja, the Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the administration had made giant strides in the three key areas of its campaign.
The meeting, which had the ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Power, Works and Housing, Labour and Employment and Trade and Investment in attendance, afforded the media the opportunity to engage in a robust engagement with key players in government.
The minister who expressed optimism about the achievement of the present administration, insisted that the administration was on track and reeled out the achievements in three broad campaign areas.
In tackling insecurity, Mohammed said the administration had succeeded in clipping the wings of Boko Haram in the past one year, to the point of insurgents having lost their capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which they became infamous.
Fight Against Corruption:
On the fight against corruption, the minister maintained that the Buhari administration had demonstrated enough political will to tackle corruption that was winning war.
For him, it was corruption that prolonged the war against Boko Haram and dispatched many soldiers and civilians to their early graves.
His words: ‘today, the issue of corruption has become topical in national discourse and the corrupt are no longer able to flaunt their ill-gotten wealth with impunity, as they used to do. This is because the government has succeeded in sensitizing Nigerians to the cost of corruption to their lives.
In the face the present economic challenges, Mohammed said that government appreciated the great challenge facing it and decided to see opportunities rather than difficulties by working assiduously to diversify the nation’s economy away from oil.
While these efforts are on, he also said that the administration equally decided to plug all financial loopholes through the Treasury Singles Account(TSA), into which trillions of Naira have accrued so far.