Richard Ginika Izuora
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, November 6, appealed to Nigerians yet to feel the impacts of his Administration and those who feel the government is not doing enough to exercise patience.
The President made the appeal in Ilorin at a town hall meeting with the traditional rulers, youths, students, organised labour, market women and other stakeholders on the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath.
The President had directed all his cabinet ministers to go to their respective states; and interact with the people over the protest; and what the government had done.
The Kwara state meeting hosted in Ilorin by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed was attended by the state Governor.
Speaker of the state House of Assembly Hon. Yakubu Danladi, Emir of Ilorin, HRH Sulu Gambari and other traditional rulers; representatives of market women; traders; as well as other stakeholders attended the event.
In the President’s message delivered by the minister, he said the Administration has the interest of the youths and the people in general at heart; and has been doing a lot to touch their lives.
Buhari said the government is constraint by the dwindling resources occasioned by the impact of COVID-19 which also affected the global economy.
“If we have not done enough or we have not touch everybody; we appeal that you please bear with us.
“In the first instance, what we have is less than 60 per cent of the revenue that was available to other governments that came before us.
“We all know what we suffered during COVID 19; and as we are just trying to recover from this we also face another crisis.
“We appeal that you should please assist the government and be patient.
“This government is dedicated to serving the people and we will continue to try our best to do so
“I thank you all for your perseverance, understanding and patience”, he said
The president said the administration has many initiatives targeted at creating jobs for the youths; and also alleviating poverty among women; as well as vulnerable groups.
Buhari said the government initiated N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) aimed at providing opportunities for the youths.
He said the Fund is part of the N2.3 trillion Economic Sustainability Plan; to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on most vulnerable Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.
He also listed MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the administration’s initiative at jobs sustainability.
He said over two million farmers; traders; mostly youths were empowered under FARMERMONI; TRADERMONI; and MARKETMONI.
The president said over 500,000 youths have also benefited from the Graduate Internship Scheme which provides short-term employment graduates.
He said 1000 farmers from each of the 774 LGAs in the country were empowered; and guided under the Youth Entrepreneurship Support programme.
Earlier, Gov. Abdulrazaq thanked the President for the initiative of directing ministers to interact with the people at the state level.
The governor prayed for peace unity and stability of the country.