What Buhari Achieved In Last 6 Years- Adesina

There's no perfect administration anywhere, Femi Adesina challenges critics

Joseph Bakare

Mr Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, on Friday, May 28, in a special write-up listed achievements of  Buhari’s administration as it clocks six years on May 29, 2021.

The President, Adesina said has recorded giant strides, enough to make Nigerians proud.

According to the Presidency, this milestone affords the opportunity to reflect and recount the impact that has been made (and is being made) on different sectors of national life.

He said: “From infrastructure to finance, education, healthcare, sports, anti-corruption, human development, housing, oil and gas, foreign relations, and many others, the Administration is recording giant strides, enough to make Nigerians proud.

“That is, those who are dispassionate and fair-minded, not beclouded by political partisanship and undue cynicism.

“Some people claim: we don’t see what they are doing. We don’t hear about it. Well, here it is. A Fact Sheet, a report card on the Buhari Administration, just a bit of the success, as the milestone of six years is attained.

“As it is said, the past is but a story told. The future may yet be written in gold.

“When the Administration breasts the tape in another two years, by the grace of God, the applause will be resounding, even from the worst of sceptics.

“Facts are undeniable, and always remain so. They are stubborn things.’’

The presidency listed some of the achievements as follow:

INFRASTRUCTURE

-Presidential approval, in 2020, for the establishment of InfraCo Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle; wholly focused on Nigeria, with combined debt and equity take-off capital of N15 trillion; and managed by an independent infrastructure fund manager.

– Establishment in 2020 of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), with more than $1 billion in funding so far.

– The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has seen total additional inflows from the Government of around US$2 billion under the Buhari Administration – since the original US$1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012.

RAIL

– 156km Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail nearing completion

– 327km Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Rail completed and commissioned 33 years after construction began.

– Abuja Light Rail completed in 2018.

– Ground-breaking done for the construction of Kano-Maradi Standard Gauge Rail; and revamp of Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri Narrow Gauge Rail.

– Financing negotiations ongoing for the Ibadan-Kano Standard Gauge Rail project.

ROADS

– Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), investing over a billion dollars in three flagship projects: Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Second Niger Bridge; Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.

– Executive Order 7 mobilising private investment into the development of key roads and bridges like Bodo-Bonny in Rivers and Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota in Lagos

– More than 360 billion Naira worth of Sukuk Bonds raised since 2017 for dozens of critical road projects across all six geopolitical zones.

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