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As of May 2015, Nigeria was at war and there was a significant deficit in
critical infrastructure and social services across the country, just as over
100 million Nigerians were living in poverty.
This was despite the fact of
earning over $783 Billion from crude oil sales between 1999 and 2015.
Between 2010 and 2015, the country earned the sum of $382 Billion
from the sale of crude oil. Evidently, the nation's wealth had been
inappropriately diverted and looted,
often, from everyday nigerian by the highest offices in the land and by persons whom the public had put in positions of trust. Since May 2015, the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has set
the country on the path to stability, growth and prosperity.
First, it secured the territorial integrity of the nation by reclaiming territory in the North East. It has also committed to unprecedented investments to starting and finishing critical infrastructure across the country as well as
direct investments in people to lift them up
from the mire of despondence and hopelessness caused by decades of neglect by successive administrations. The disbursement of N 2.7 Trillion for infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 has seen the continuous development of a rail network.
Every year, several of our children, unemployed graduates, small traders and business people, vulnerable and weak have been directly supported in Africa's largest social protection programme- the National Social Investments Programme.
Despite dwindling revenue from crude oil sales, the Government has been able to do more as a result of prudent financial management.
Implementing the Treasury Savings Account plugged some of the
leakages that previously existed in government spending.
Also, the absence of grand corruption has helped to free up funds for projects and programmes that affect the lives of ordinary Nigerians such as the National Social Investment Programmes.
The Government is doing more with far less. And the integrity of the
President has played a crucial role in the plugging of leakages and
prudent utilisation of funds for the benefit of everyday Nigerians.

Where we were:
Prior to 2015, despite the record high oil prices, there were no savings and no significant investment in infrastructure, health, education, social investment, power, and other critical aspects of the economy.
Where we are:
This Administration on the other hand, has curbed corruption and has been driven by fiscal prudence and accountability. This is where we are now:
* Investment in critical infrastructure to connect people, goods and opportunities.
* Increase in domestic food production through the Anchor
Borrowers Programme and other initiatives that has increased rice
production and the export of cash crops
* Diversification of the economy through incentives in technology,
creative sector, agriculture,
solid minerals, etc.
* Itakpe-Warri Rail
* Lagos-Kano Rail (Phase 1 of Lagos-Ibadan 80% complete)
* Abuja-Kaduna Rail
* Abuja Metro Rail
* Port Harcourt-Maiduguri (PPP Funding Stage)
* Introduced “Energising Economies Initiative” that has placed clean,
affordable and uninterrupted off-grid embedded solar power in
markets and other economic clusters. Initial efforts are in Ariaria
market, Aba; Sabon Gari Market, Kano, Sura Market, Lagos;
Market in Akure, Ondo State; and Edaiken Market in Benin, Edo
State. It will be implemented in 16 markets in the 1st Phase (with the identified markets already done) and will reach 300 markets.
* Released over N100 Billion to settle outstanding pension arrears
including those for Nigeria Airways and Nitel
* Extended more than N 2.0 Trillion to State Governments to enable
them meet salary and pension obligations
* Maintained consistent growth in the Agriculture and Solid Minerals
sectors throughout the recession
* NSE ended 2017 as one of the best performing in the world with
returns in excess of 40%
* Added 5 Million new tax payers to Tax Base since 2016
* 51% increase (N 1.17 Trillion) in tax revenue from Q1 2017 to Q1
* Revitalized 14 moribund Blending Plants with a total capacity of 2.3
Million MT of NPK fertilizer
* Spent a record N 2.7 Trillion allocation on infrastructure in 2016 and
2017 fiscal years
* Increase in contribution of Solid Minerals to Federation Account
from N700 Million in 2015 to N3.5 Billion in 2017
* Highest external reserves of the last five years at $47.5 Billion
* Exiting recession in record time
* Cancellation of controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement
(OPA) and replacement with a 'Direct Sales and Direct Purchase
(DSDP)' scheme with reputable offshore refineries
* Negotiated savings of $1.7 Billion from $6.8 Billion accumulated in
Cash Call arrears (as of December 2015) by NNPC in its Joint Ventures (JVs) with IOCs
* Attracted inflows of more than $45 Billion in its first year of
operation as a result of new FX Window
* Foreign Exchange Stability
* Improved World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rankings, moving 24 places up
Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises:
* Under MarketMoni, N15. 2 Billion interest-free loan ranging from
N50, 000 to N350, 000 has been disbursed to over 400, 000 market
traders, artisans across the 36 states of the federation.
* Opened bank accounts for about 349, 000 traders under
Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) for the TraderMoni scheme which targets table top and petty traders.
* Interest-free loans of N10,000 that could rise to N100,000 is being
given to 2 million petty traders across the nation under the Trader
Moni scheme.
* Petty traders from the informal sector are being brought to the
formal economy so that they can
access them financial literacy and
* 56 per cent of the GEEP loans were disbursed to women to expand their opportunities in business.
* The National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Clinics(MSME
Clinics) was launched in January 2017 in Abia State by the
Federal Government to understand the various issues faced by MSMEs daily.
* The MSME Clinics is a one stop shop for MSMEs to access relevant regulatory approvals in a seamless and stress-free manner.
* The agencies are NAFDAC, CAC, NEPC, NEXIM Bank, BOI, SON, FIRS,
* The Clinic has helped to ease the access to finance by SMEs.
* Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) is also a partner of the Clinic and they provide loan facilities of up to 10 years tenor
for MSMEs.
* BOI now gives out single digit loan to MSMEs to the tune of N 10m
without collateral.
* The activities of the Clinics are reviewed continually to ensure the
needs of MSMEs are met, hence the launch of One Stop Shops for
* These One Stop Shops are launched to foster continuous
interaction between the SMEs and regulatory agencies on a
permanent basis by bringing all the Federal Government agencies
together in a facility usually provided by the State, while the Federal Government directs the
agencies to have daily Help Desks there. It means MSMEs can then find most regulator of their businesses at the same spot should they need such.
* As at November 2018, 21 States have hosted the Clinics with a total
participation of 391,000 persons.
Where we are headed:
* Continue economic diversification that focuses on the
manufacturing, agricultural and creative sectors, and relies less on
oil, and the exportation of value-added products rather than
primary products.
* Continue export and production diversification including
investment in electrical, road and rail infrastructure; and promote
manufacturing through agro-based industries.
* Classify and invest in broadband internet as critical infrastructure
to support employment, education and other socio-economic
* In conjunction with the private sector, develop 109 Special
Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district. These are clusters that will be linked to the districts' comparative advantage and spur production and value additive processing.
* Deepen the implementation of Project Made-in-Nigeria for Export (MINE),
aimed at unlocking the potential of Special Economic Zones (SEZs)- Based on comparative advantage, initial
Project MINE locations include Ibom Industrial City, Enyimba Free
Trade Zone, Calabar Free Trade Zone, Kano Free Trade Zone, Lekki
Free Trade Zone and Ogun Guandong
Free Trade Zone. Through Project MINE, the Government intends to improve manufacturing's share of GDP, create jobs, and increase export earnings among other things.
* Deepen “Energise Economies Initiative” and deploy clean, affordable off grid power solutions to 300 markets across the country.

Where we were:
As at 2012, over 100 million Nigerians were in poverty and 10.5 million
children out of school with an increase in youth unemployment. The
current report also shows that as at 2015,
13.2 million children were
out of school. As at 2015, youth unemployment was at an all-time high
with a significant deficit of skilled workforce in the housing and
construction sector, leading to poor quality of local services and an
influx of foreign workers to the domestic market. Additionally, prior to
2015, we have had a lack of last-mile agricultural extension services.
This has affected our efficiency and under-utilization of agricultural
Where we are:
Our Government is committed to investing directly in the lives of the
people. It has embarked on the largest social investment programme
in Africa. We are reaching children, farmers, traders, young graduates,
the elderly, amongst others.
This is where we are:
* Engagement of 500,000 graduates across Nigeria through the N-Power Programme to man previously unmanned classrooms in every Local Government Area as well as provide agriculture extension services to farmers and serves as community health extension workers
* For skills development, in addition to physical training for N-Power Agro beneficiaries, for skills development, gave computing devices to first batch of 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries with over 1 million training resources for teaching in classrooms, the entire primary school
curriculum with text books, lesson plans and study guides including personal development tools for coding, critical thinking, communication,entrepreneurship and other employability and functional skills, embedded within.
* Training for N-Power Agro beneficiaries
* Skills computing devices to N-Power beneficiaries with over a1 million training resources for teaching in classrooms, the entire primary school curriculum with text books, lesson plans and study guides including personal development tools for coding, critical thinking,
communication, entrepreneurship and other employability and functional skills, embedded within.
* Paying N30,000 monthly stipends to support the 500,000 N-Power
beneficiaries with resultant impact on the local economy across
every single community in Nigeria.
* Trained, equipped, and deployed over 40,000 graduates as health
officials to health centres across Nigeria to assist in record keeping
and improving public health awareness.
* To support States and the inadequacies in public services, engaged, equipped and paying over
312,800 N-Power graduates as teachers to teach in unmanned classrooms in public schools across the nation.
* Introduced 'Every Child Counts' education programme to
revolutionise digital literacy, function skills acquisition, school
infrastructure and teacher retraining
for the purpose of moving
Nigeria to a knowledge driven economy.
* 12 Model Schools being developed under the N-Power Junior programme across the 6 geo-political zones for the “Every Child Counts” programme.
* Developing essential skills that will enable our children to be the
catalyst for Nigeria's emerging knowledge economy by launching
the N-Power Junior programme for primary and secondary school
children which will introduce functional, economic,
and interpersonal skills around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
* In collaboration with the States, Every Child Counts will target
remodeling 10,000 classrooms every year, training millions of teachers and bringing programming
and design thinking to every
primary and secondary school student.
* Embarking on a massive teacher training project and setting up
systems that enable world class teaching standards, attract and incentivise the best talent and prioritises continuous learning.
* Equipped and trained graduate volunteers to provide advisory
services to farmers across the country, disseminating knowledge
aggregated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the area of extension services
* Deployed 124,261 N-Power Agro officials across Nigeria
* Implemented National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP) to deliver
timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households in
Nigeria and build capacity for sustainable livelihoods in 26 States
including Borno IDPS with over 450,000 beneficiaries impacted.
* Improved school enrolment and attendance, household
consumption, utilization of health and nutrition services, and environmental sanitation management through NCTP
* Implemented the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) to feed public primary school children and
increase school enrolment numbers
* Improved food security of beneficiary households through NHGSFP
* Feeding over 9.2 Million children hot, nutritionally balanced school
meals everyday in public primary schools across 26 states of the
* Engaged over 90,000 vendors as a result of NHGSFP
* Over 100, 000 farmers are benefitting directly from the NHGSFP as
* Feeding over 9.2 Million children hot, nutritionally balanced school
meals everyday in public primary schools across 26 states of the
* Engaged over 90,000 vendors as a result of NHGSFP
* Over 100, 000 farmers are benefitting directly from the NHGSFP as the
food and ingredients are locally sourced.
* 20% increase in school enrolment as a result of the introduction of NHGSFP
* Each child eats at least an egg in a day, adding up to 6.8 million eggs
being consumed weekly by children under the programme in 26
* 594 cows are consumed every week for the pupils while 83 metric
tonnes of fish are consumed weekly in 26 states.
* Created new jobs across school-feeding supply chain such as catering, processing, and food handling
* Established 6 regional technology hubs and fostered partnerships
and stakeholder engagements with entities such as General
Electric, Lagos Innovation Garage, Facebook, Google Nigeria, Oracle
Nigeria, World Bank Group, United
Nations Development Program,
International Committee of the Red Cross, Presidential Committee
on the North East Initiatives and the various State Governments
* Established the Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre (NCIC) to tap into
growing clean technology market
opportunities, and to commercialise and scale up innovative private sector solutions to climate change. The Centre has an initial focus on supporting Off
Grid power businesses.
* Established the North East Humanitarian Hub (NEHH) in Adamawa
State to encourage technology related ideas on humanitarian
challenges) in collaboration with the ICRC and the Adamawa State
Government. The Hub is currently incubating 12 Start ups
* Established the South South Hub in partnership with the Edo State
Government's 'Edo Innovates' initiative, to focus on youth training
and supporting entrepreneurs with solutions across education , oil & gas, security amongst other areas.
* Launched N-Power Creative Programme to train 5,000 young Nigerians in digital creative skills of animation, script writing, illustration, storyboarding and voice acting.
* Launched the N-Power Tech Programme to train 20,000 young Nigerians with
computer programming, hardware and computer
maintenance skills.
* Launched the Government Enterprise and Empowerment
Programme (GEEP)
* Provided provided interest-free loans of N50,000 to N350,000 to over
300,000 Nigerian micro-enterprises (market women, traders,
artisans, youth and farmers) through Market Moni, an initiative under
* Provided at least 2 Million Nigerians with access to interest-free loans
starting from N10,000 and growing all the way to N100,000 through
Trader Moni, an initiative under GEEP
Where we are headed:

In the next four years we will:
* Expand the N-Power programme across the various graduate and
non-graduate categories
* A national skills programme to be undertaken in conjunction with the
private sector will reach 10 million people
in the productive sector by
* Integrate the informal economy into the mainstream and prioritise
the full implementation of the National Identification Scheme toin the productive sector by
* Integrate the informal economy into the mainstream and prioritise
the full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to
generate the relevant data.
* Improve access to capital and training programs to improve
production and quality of small-scale businesses
* Execute the National Strategic Health Development Plan II that
spans 5 years from 2018 to 2022.
The six key pillars of the Plan include providing an enabling
environment for the attainment of health sector goals, increased utilisation of essential package of health services, strengthening the health system, improving protection from health emergencies and health financing. The plan will attract N6.1 trillion of both public
and private sector funding
* Continue to implement education policy which will support the revamp of public primary and secondary schools revamp that includes setting up 10,000 smart classrooms across the country
* Continue to structure the education system to develop skills that
are key to nation building such as hardwork, discipline, cooperation,
unity, respect, honesty, service, leadership, accountability, and integrity
* Continue investment in the most vulnerable through the National
Cash Transfer Program (NCTP) that identifies the poorest in
communities and makes a monthly amount of N5,000 available to
them and reach the target of 1 million poor households
* Expand NHGSFP to be in all states and reach at least 12 Million
* Ensure continued development of community value chain and
secondary beneficiaries including cooks and farmers through the
* Continue to establish regional innovation hubs to promote
innovation and entrepreneurship.
* Promote the expansion of the creative and entertainment sector to encourage increased production, quality, job creation and export within the sector
* Grant incentives and tax breaks to IT start-ups to enable them blossom
* Train more young people in key hardware and software technology
skills, and digital creative work through the N-Power Knowledge Programme
* Upgrade the capacity of the Nation in deploying very high-speed internet that would help boost the productivity of businesses
* Continue providing support to micro, small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs) through GEEP and reach at least 1.66 million
1. Abuja- Kaduna Rail
2. Abuja Metro Rail
3. Itakpe- Warri Rail,
4. Lagos- Kano Rail (Phase 1 of Lagos-Ibadan 80% complete)
5. Port Harcourt -Maiduguri (PPP Funding Stage)

Where we were:
Corruption was rife in every area of government and was aided by weak
structures and processes in MDAs. Poor level of remittances of operating surpluses from MDAs has been the norm.
The TSA System, though launched in 2012, failed to gain traction and wide implementation. The diversion and mismanagement of public funds has led to the underdevelopment of several key sectors of the country
including education, healthcare, infrastructure, and power.
Where we are:
This government has been dogged in its fight against corruption and has committed to reversing decades of rot while improving transparency and accountability in the management of public funds.
This is where we are:
* Initiated Whistleblower Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria
* Recovered Billion of Naira from public officials targeted by
* Trained Federal and State prosecutors on proper drafting of
* Increased use of Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture mechanisms by anti-corruption agencies
* Established a Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption
* Drafted a Bill for the establishment of a Special Crimes Court
* Passed Bill for Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between Nigeria and other foreign countries into law to facilitate the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture, and confiscation of proceeds, property, and other instrumentalities of crime
* Established an Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information
System (IPPIS) for the Civil Service
* 92% success in the implementation of TSA System
* N200 Billion saved through the identification of 54,000 fraudulent
civil service payroll entries
* Signed Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
* $322 Million looted Abacha Funds repatriated and warehoused in a
special account of the Central Bank of Nigeria
* Signed MoU with UK Government for return of Nigeria's stolen assets in the UK.
Where we are headed:
In the next four years we will:
* Sustain and improve the fight against corruption by giving the
necessary financial and logistical support to the anti-corruption
* Improve our collaboration with our Western partners to trace and
recover looted funds stashed abroad.
* Sponsor an Executive Bill in the next constitutional amendment
process for the creation of Special Courts for Corruption and
* Improve the capacity of anti-corruption agencies and officers
* Energize investigation units of various anti-corruption agencies with
the inclusion of professionals like accountants and auditors to help in
forensic investigation of high-profile financial crimes
* Adequately fund and monitor prisons to ensure that suspects are brought to court to face their trials

Where we were:
Nigeria has a huge infrastructure deficit. Decades of underinvestment
and inadequate allocations have led to the underdevelopment of the backbone of a modern economy – the infrastructure of transport, communications and energy systems.
In 2014, the Federal Government
spent these sums on the following sectors: Transport (N14 billion),
Agriculture & Water (N34 billion), Power, Works & Housing (N106 billion). Grossly inadequate, a lot of infrastructure projects were left abandoned and contractors unpaid.
Where we are:
This government has committed to initiating and completing key
infrastructure projects and has demonstrated this through its
budgetary allocations and fund-raising in this regard. By ensuring the plugging of leakages and cutting out of waste,
the government has been able re-direct more money into infrastructure and capital projects. This is where we are:
* Record allocation and spending of N2.7 Trillion on infrastructure in 2016 and 2017 fiscal years
* Rehabilitation of major roads to improve the transportation of agricultural products across Nigeria
* Road project ongoing every state of Nigeria
* $10 Million investment on world-class cancer Treatment Center at
* $10 Million invested to establish modern Diagnostic Centres in Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre
* Timely completion of Abuja Airport runway
* Completion of several key road projects including the Ilorin/Jebba
Road that was abandoned for over twenty years
* Completed key Water Supply Projects and Dam/ Irrigation Projects
in the South South, North West, North East regions
* Awarded and completed more than 70 Ecological Fund projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria
* N100 Billion Sukuk Bond being utilized to fund 25 road projects in all
the geopolitical zones of the country with each zone getting N16.67
* $1.3 Billion seed funding to launch the Presidential Infrastructure
Development Fund (PIDF)
* Provided access to power in key economic clusters/ markets around
Nigeria through the Energizing Economies Programme
* 50% expansion in grid capacity from 5000 MW to 7,125 MW as at December 2017
* Deployed 20,000 units of 'solar home systems' to power rural households across 12 states through 'Beyond the Grid' programme
* Operating the National Housing Programme in 34 States and FCT.
* Nationwide expansion of transmission network for electricity through TCN projects
* Completed and ongoing rail projects
* Itakpe-Warri Rail
* Lagos-Kano Rail (Phase 1 of Lagos-Ibadan 80% complete)
* Abuja-Kaduna Rail
* Abuja Metro Rail
* Port Harcourt-Maiduguri (PPP Funding stage)
Where we are headed:
In the next four years, we will
* Undertake an urgent review of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) enabling environment to address the legal, regulatory and operational challenges
* Create a National Infrastructural Development Bank (NIDB) to
provide loans at nominal interest rates to help the ongoing work of
rebuilding infrastructure
* Establish a Legal and Regulatory Framework for the Presidential
Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF)
designated for specific investments in critical road and power projects across the country
* Complete the 2nd Niger Bridge
* Modernise and bring the Nigerian Railway Corporation on par with its global counterparts
* Make budgetary provision for the completion of ongoing rail
projects, and the initiation of new rail projects across the country
* Finalise the reform of the railways to allow for integration with other element of urban transport infrastructure.
Increase power generation, transmission, and distribution capacity from current 7000 MW to at least 10,000 MW within four years and increasing to 20,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7
uninterrupted power supply within five years, whilst simultaneously ensuring development of
* Diversify sources of energy by encouraging the operation of
licensed solar and wind energy companies
* Provide finance for the upgrade of existing airports to international
* Complete all Airport Remodelling Projects across the country
* Provision of specific port capacities serving trade in high-processed goods, first in containers and wheeled cargo, since most
investments are attracted to projects linked to exports of raw
* Increase in the customs and other border-crossing procedures to
increase the time for clearance of goods at the ports.
* Encourage full private sector participation in ports development,
ownership and operations to spur sector growth
* Fast track PPP projects such as the Ibom Deep Sea Port Project for
the development of a Greenfield Deepsea Port and accompanying
Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Akwa Ibom State in the South-South
geopolitical zone of Nigeria
* Repair and expand port access roads to increase cargo volumes
* Pass National Inland Waterways Act to open the sector for private sector
* Ensure timeous completion of River Niger Dredging project
* Speed up the PPP projects in the works like the Onitsha River Port
Concession wherein the Federal Government adopted PPP
arrangements to develop four river ports in the Lower Niger,
namely: Onitsha, Lokoja,
Baro and Oguta River Ports
* Complete rehabilitation and reconstruction of access roads to the
inland waterways for ease of access and easy movement of cargo
* Maximize investment in broadband infrastructure, promote
competition, unleash new spectrum, and remove barriers to
expanding services to the mass market for deeper penetration and adoption
* Address current challenges to the operation, licensing, and granting
of permits to Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) and fully implement the existing framework for broadband development
* Rail Network connecting people, goods and opportunities:
1.Abuja- Kaduna Rail
2. Abuja Metro Rail
3. Itakpe- Warri Rail,
4. Lagos- Kano Rail (Phase 1 of Lagos-Ibadan 80% complete)(Next Level, Phase 2 takes the rail from Ibadan to Kano)
5. Port Harcourt -Maiduguri (PPP Funding Stage) (Next level constructs rail to pass through all South East State Capitals
through the North Central and then to the North East)


Where we were:
It is common knowledge that security was the biggest challenge for
Nigeria before the APC came into office in 2015.
The worst form of the insecurity that bedevilled the nation was the insurgency being waged by the Boko Haram terrorist group. Its reign of terror caused so much
fear and carnage in Northern Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory.
There were also various militant groups and separatists.
Where we are:
* Increased allocation of funds to Security as well as prudent utilisation of such funds as a result of the plugging of all leakages that existed before May 2015.
* More transparent process for procurement of equipments.
* The decimation of Boko Haram by a revitalised Military
* Deployment of Special Forces to join in the fight against insurgency
in the Northeast
* The release of the Chibok and Dapchi school girls, as well as over
16,000 persons in Boko Haram captivity,
* Recruitment of more personnel into the Police and Army
* Recovering of the Local governments and Territories previously under Boko Haram control in the North East and rebuilding lives of citizens there.
* Return of over one million displaced persons in the North East to
their communities.
* The incidence of kidnapping has been curtailed to a large extent.
culminating in the arrest of kidnap kingpins and dismantling of kidnap cells across the country.
* Major criminal gangs were busted around the country.
* The morale of the Nigerian military has been boosted by the increase in their welfare packages.
* The re-organisation and equipping of the Nigerian Armed Forces with modern hardware.
* Sustained peace in the Niger Delta through consistent funding of
the FG amnesty programme for ex-militants and the revitalisation
of the Joint Task Force.
* The Herders/Farmers Clashes were curtailed with the arrest of
criminals behind the attacks.
* Successful military operations around the country including
Operation Lafiya Dole, and Operation Last Hold, to defeat Boko Haram, in the Northeast, Operation Whirl Stroke, operating in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states, to tackle the menace
of armed herdsmen, cattle rustlers, communal militias, kidnappers and other bandits.
Where We are Headed
* Ensure our troops continue to have the training, equipment, and support that they need when they are deployed, and the care that they and their families need and deserve when they return home.
* Continuous modernisation of our military and Police while also
eliminating outdated programs and unnecessary spending.
* Our defence capability would be upgraded with the acquisition of high-grade weapons to tackle the recurring security issues.
* To grow the Nigerian Armed Forces to a respected and professional force operating modern defence systems capable of defending the territorial integrity and independence of the country.
* To build a knowledge and technology driven Army,
the Government would take steps to encourage the smartest Nigerians to enlist in the armed forces.
* We would continue to partner with our foreign partners to train and
re-train our Armed Forces and Police to tackle modern day criminality and terrorism.
* Invest heavily to improve our intelligence and information sharing
amongst the various security agencies.
* Building strategic alliances with countries that share our values and
face common threats in the West African sub-region and all around the world.
Through these alliances, we would curb the flow of weapons and armed militia from Libya and the Maghreb.
* The Decentralisation of the Police for effective policing of States and Communities.
* Ensuring that we derive more strategic security benefits from our relationship with our foreign partners.
* Deploy adequate resources to mop the illegal arms in circulation in the country and stop the proliferation of arms around the country.
* Build one of the strongest and well-motivated fighting forces in the World.
* Institutionalise a benefit system for families of security force
members who lose their lives or sustain injuries in the course of their service.
* Rehabilitation of injured security force members
* Total overhaul of the Nigerian Police College focusing on the improvement of the facility, training modules, and faculty.
* Responsive & Modern Security Systems
* Upgrading of weapons and technology used by security forces and agents
* Tightening border security across all points of entry
* Speedy intervention and deployment of security forces in troubled areas and areas where ethnic and
tribal strife prevail.
Where we were:
Before 2015, the sector was unattractive as there was little investment in the sector.
We spent over N1 Trillion on food imports due to the insufficiency of local production. Framing was mainly at the
subsistence level which engendered inefficiency. Food processing was non-existent
Where we are:
In line with our 'Growing what we Eat' agenda of this Government, we are on course to achieving complete self-sufficiency in food production. In this area we have achieved the following:
* The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) has continued to ride on the success of the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria which has made available over N82billion in funding to 350,000 farmers of Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton,
Cassava, Poultry,
Soya Beans and Groundnut; who have cultivated over 400,000 hectares of land. About 80 per cent of this has gone
into rice production, further driving the nation's target of attaining self-sufficiency in rice production.
* The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice; yields have
doubled from 2-3 tonnes per hectare in areas; Nigeria's paddy
production has doubled compared to 2014 levels.
* Between 2016 and 2018, eight new rice mills have come onstream
in Nigeria.
Nigeria's milled rice production has increased by about
60 percent, from 2.5 million MT in 2015, to 4 million MT in 2017.
* Our agricultural policies have led to the investment of more than $1
Billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of
Rice, Wheat,
Sugar, Poultry, Animal Feed, Fertilizers, etc, since 2015.
* The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (which involves a
partnership with the Government of Morocco, for the supply of
phosphate), has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants.
across the country with a total installed capacity in excess of 2 million MT.
* The benefits include annual savings of US$200 million in foreign
exchange, and N60 billion annually in budgetary provisions for Fertilizer subsidies.
* The Scheme has also made it possible for Farmers to purchase
Fertilizer at prices up to 30 percent cheaper than previously
* Nigeria became a net exporter of food.
* Increase in the number of medium/commercial farmers as the
middle and top class of the
economy are attracted into farming.
* Increase in mechanised farming as they farm large hectares of land and own large animal farms.
* We have also shown our commitment to food safety. This can be seen in the revitalisation of NAFDAC and other agencies regulating the safety
of food.
* We created a conducive atmosphere for manufacturing in the agro based industries culminating in the establishment of new agro-
processing companies like the Olam Integrated poultry farm and
animal feed mill in Kaduna State which is expected to produce over
one million high-quality layers (for eggs) and broilers (for meat) weekly.
* The springing up of several new rice mills and meat processing
factories across the country is a testament to the giant strides of the
Government. One of such mills is the
West African Cotton Company
Limited (WACOT) Rice Mill in Argungu, Kebbi State with production
capacity of 120,000 metric tonnes.
* We came up with the 'The National Livestock Transformation Plan'
to permanently solve the farmers-herders' conflicts in the country.
* The plan is built on six key pillars: economic investment, conflict
resolution, law and order, humanitarian relief, information education and strategic communication; and cross-cutting issues.
* To improve food security, we have increased budgetary allocations
to the agricultural sector.
* Increase in the disbursement of loans by the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and other State Development agencies.
* Increase in non-oil revenue generated from the agricultural sector
since May 2015.
* 8 new rice mills established and a double increase in paddy
production and productivity compared to compared levels.
Where we are headed
* Improve our self-sufficiency in food production by encouraging and
investing in mechanized farming. This would help to improve food
production for domestic consumption and export.
* Concentrate on value-added services rather than just primary production of agricultural products. This would help diversify the economy and develop the agricultural sector.
* Increase the quality of production of our agricultural produce by investing in the technical skills of our small and medium holder farmers by training and raising awareness on advanced farming
* Increase in the road and infrastructure around the country which
are the key drivers of the movement of agricultural products.
* Implement the 10-year National Livestock Transformation Plan to
boost the production of milk and beef in the country as well as stem the Farmers/Herders' clashes. This plan will enable the reduction of dairy importation and the phasing out of open grazing.
It will be a private sector led initiative with the Federal and State governments
providing the enabling environment.
* Implement the government's mechanization plan with a view to
improving agricultural production and processing.
Under this initiative, tractors will be put in each local government. In addition,
low, medium and heavy-duty processors will be strategically located across the country.
* Take deliberate steps to improve the exportation of our products to
other African countries.
This would be done by producing food and products that are in high demand in specific countries for export.
* Create more credit avenues for farmers to reduce financial constraints that hinder quality production processes.
* Increase efforts to stem the influx of smuggled food items into the
country like rice to prevent the erosion of the gains made so far.
* Introduce new storage solutions and improve linkages between
farmers and processors to reduce high post-harvest loss rates.
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