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Monday, 17 October 2022

I am glad to say we have met yearnings, aspirations of Nigerians — Buhari


”The GDP grew by 3.54 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the second Quarter of 2022.

“This growth rate represents a sustained positive economic performance, especially for the Non-Oil GDP which fell by 4.77 per cent in Q2 2022 against Oil GDP that grew by -11.77 per cent,” he said.  

On the Communications & Digital Economy Sector, the President noted that Nigeria’s broadband coverage now stands at 44.32 per cent and is being reinforced by 77.52 per cent 4G coverage with the establishment of 36,751 4G base stations nationwide.

On efforts towards strengthening national security, the President said his government has substantially invested in arms, weapons and other critical military hardware as well as continuous training for the Armed Forces.

”The Nigerian Air Force has acquired 38 brand-new aircraft and is expecting another batch of 36 new ones, while the Nigerian Navy has been equipped with new platforms, sophisticated riverine, Rigid-Hull Inflatable, Seaward Defence, Whaler & Fast Attack Boats as well as Helicopters and Capital Ships.

”To boost the number of our Police personnel, 20,000 policemen have been recruited, trained, fully integrated and deployed in 2020 and 2021. This exercise has strengthened our community policing strategy which is enshrined in the Police Act, 2020,” he said.

On the fight against corruption, the President assured participants and guests at the retreat including the Keynote Speaker and immediate past President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, that the regime would continue to review and prosecute high-profile corruption cases and ensure speedy completion.

Speaking earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the retreat will focus on three main areas.  

”First, is an overview of ministerial performance within the last three years of the administration, presenting key achievements and identifying opportunities for improvement.  

”Second will reflect on lessons and good practices from the Kenyan presidential delivery unit while the third is ways to accelerate the delivery of flagship projects and programmes of the Buhari administration before the end of the tenure in May 2023.”  

Mustapha announced that the President would sign an Executive Order on Improving Performance Management, Coordination and Implementation of Presidential Priorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria at the end of the third Ministerial Performance Review Retreat.

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