Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has condemned the Peoples Democratic Party for saying President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has no achievements to campaign with in 2023 polls.
He said the Naira exchange rate and inflation were insufficient indices to write off Buhari’s performance.
Mohammed, who made the declaration at the 2nd Edition of “PMB administration scorecard” in Abuja, said: “I want to address what I will call an absurdity that is being bandied about by the opposition, that the Buhari administration has nothing to campaign with in the run-up to the 2023 general elections.
”It’s a cruel irony that the party that presided over the affairs of this great country in a time of plenty but could not complete a single modern rail line, is the one accusing an administration that has completed at least three standard gauge rail lines of lacking in achievements.
“They are quick to point to some economic indices like the Naira exchange rate and inflation, but the truth is that if they were the ones confronted with having to fight a once-in-a-century pandemic, two economic recessions and low oil prices, Nigeria would have had no economy to even talk about!
“Indeed, the Buhari Administration is spoilt for choice in celebrating its achievements. As I said, we have completed the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri Standard Gauge Rail-lines, we have commissioned brand new airport terminals in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, we have completed housing projects in 35 states, we have constructed or are constructing road projects in every state, we have the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme that has almost weaned us from dependence on imported rice and other crops.
“We met 15 standard rice mills and now we have over 50.
”We have our unprecedented National Social Investment Programme under which 9.8 million school children are fed one meal daily, under which one million youths have been empowered.
“Another 500,000 who are undergoing training under the N-Power and the 1,632,480 households that have been enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, and we are proud of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure (also known as Deep Blue Asset), aimed at managing, controlling and protecting Nigerian waterways towards the advancement of coastal prosperity.”