President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his third national broadcast acknowledged the daunting challenges and hardship faced by citizens seven months since assuming power on Monday urged Nigerians to remain unbowed despite the tough times promising that his administration would work assiduously to fulfill promises of his ‘Renewed Hope’ mandate. His words: “conversations and debates have
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his third national broadcast acknowledged the daunting challenges and hardship faced by citizens seven months since assuming power on Monday urged Nigerians to remain unbowed despite the tough times promising that his administration would work assiduously to fulfill promises of his ‘Renewed Hope’ mandate.
His words: “conversations and debates have centred on the rising cost of living, high inflation which is now above 28 percent and the unacceptable high under-employment rate.
“From the boardrooms at Broad Street in Lagos to the main streets of Kano and Nembe Creeks in Bayelsa, I hear the groans of Nigerians who work hard every day to provide for themselves and their families.
“I am not oblivious to the expressed and sometimes unexpressed frustrations of my fellow citizens. I know for a fact that some of our compatriots are even asking if this is how our administration wants to renew their hope.”
He promised to implement a new national living wage for ‘our industrious workers’ this new year.
President Tinubu , however,expressed hope that having laid the groundwork of the nation’s economic recovery plans within the last seven months, the government is now poised to accelerate the pace of its service delivery across sectors.
According to him: “Everything I have done in office, every decision I have taken and every trip I have undertaken outside the shores of our land, since I assumed office on May 29, have been done in the best interest of our country.
“Over the past seven months of our administration, I have taken some difficult and yet necessary decisions to save our country from fiscal catastrophe. One of those decisions was the removal of fuel subsidy, which had become an unsustainable financial burden on our country for more than four decades.
“Another was the removal of the chokehold of a few people on our foreign exchange system that benefited only the rich and the most powerful among us. Without doubt, these two decisions brought some discomfort to individuals, families and businesses.
He however offered some promises and consolation. His words:”Dear Compatriots, take this from me: the time may be rough and tough; however, our spirit must remain unbowed because tough times never last. We are made for this period, never to flinch, never to falter. The socio-economic challenges of today should energize and rekindle our love and faith in the promise of Nigeria. Our current circumstances should make us resolve to work better for the good of our beloved nation. Our situation should make us resolve that this New Year 2024, each and everyone of us will commit to be better citizens.”
Reeling out some of the gains made in the last seven months, President Tinubu said: “Just this past December during COP28 in Dubai, the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, and I agreed and committed to a new deal to speed up the delivery of the Siemens Energy power project that will ultimately deliver reliable supply of electricity to our homes and businesses under the Presidential Power Initiative which began in 2018.
“My administration recognises that no meaningful economic transformation can happen without steady electricity supply. In 2024, we are moving a step further in our quest to restart local refining of petroleum products with Port Harcourt Refinery, and the Dangote Refinery which shall fully come on stream.
“To ensure constant food supply, security and affordability, we will step up our plan to cultivate 500,000 hectares of farmlands across the country to grow maize, rice, wheat, millet and other staple crops. We launched the dry season farming with 120,000 hectares of land in Jigawa State last November under our National Wheat Development Programme.
“In my 2024 budget presentation to the National Assembly, I listed my administration’s eight priority areas to include national defence and internal security, job creation, macro-economic stability, investment environment optimization, human capital development, poverty reduction and social security. Because we take our development agenda very seriously, our 2024 budget reflects the premium we placed on achieving our governance objectives.”
About one week after armed men murdered over 100 people in Bokkos and Barkin-Ladi Local Government Areas of Plateau State, the President while giving his score card on the security situation in the country asserted that the nation’s security challenge has improved since he assumed office stressing that his
administration has been working silently to free captives from abductors.
He said his administration is working hard to ensure that Nigerians have peace of mind in their homes adding:”Since our administration took over the mantle of office, security has improved. Silently, we have worked to free captives from abductors.
“While we can’t beat our chest yet that we had solved all the security problems, we are working hard to ensure that we all have peace of mind in our homes, places of work and on the roads,” he said.
The President promised that Nigerians would feel the impact of his government in 2024 assuring that his government would not neglect the economic aspirations and the material well-being of the poor, the most vulnerable and the working people.
He said the 2024 Budget proposal presented to the National Assembly listed his administration’s eight priority areas which he listed as national defence and internal security, job creation, macro-economic stability, investment environment optimization, human capital development, poverty reduction and social security.
“Because we take our development agenda very seriously, our 2024 budget reflects the premium we placed on achieving our governance objectives.We will work diligently to make sure every Nigerian feels the impact of their government. The economic aspirations and the material well-being of the poor, the most vulnerable and the working people shall not be neglected.
“It is in this spirit that we are going to implement a new national living wage for our industrious workers this new year. It is not only good economics to do this, it is also a morally and politically correct thing to do.”
For the umpteenth time President Bola Tinubu said there shall be no excuse for poor performance from ministers and other appointees in his government.
He said his government has put in place a Key Performance Index (KPI) for political appointees to assess their performance.
“Like I said in the past, no excuse for poor performance from any of my appointees will be good enough,” he said.
“It is the reason I put in place a policy coordination evaluation, monitoring and delivery unit and the presidency to make sure that governance output improves in the living condition of our people.
“We have set the parameters for evaluation within the first quarter of this year. Ministers are heads of agencies with a future ideas administration that I lead will continue to show themselves.”
He ended the broadcast by calling on all Nigerians, especially political opponents in the last election, to work for the peace, progress, and stability of the country.
His words : “Election is over. It’s time for all of us to work together for the sake of our country,” he pleaded.