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Buhari prioritises education, security, others as 3yrs focus

By Idowu Abdullahi

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that he would have achieved more in education, security, healthcare, security, and other six areas listed as his priority by end of his second term of four years tenure in 2023.

He explained that his administration would use the remaining years in office to improve access to quality education, health care, and enhance productivity that would cement his campaign promise of taking Nigerians to the next level. 

President Buhari noted that the nine priority mandates were already reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, a medium-term initiative pioneered by his administration to restore economic growth and development while leveraging the resourcefulness and resilience of the citizens.

Speaking when he received letters of credence from Ambassadors/High Commissioners of eight countries at the State House on Tuesday, Buhari stressed that efforts were being made to sustain Nigeria’s position as profitable investment destination with unequalled incentives in all sectors, especially large market and flexible tax system which investors from various countries can take advantage of.
Through a statement by his spokesperson, the President stated that the need to streamline on people-focused policies necessitated the nine priority areas rolled out by his administrated in achieving the desired change and getting to the next level as promised during his electioneering campaigns.  
“In our efforts to achieve a realistic domestic and foreign policy, as well as national development, we have identified the following nine priority areas to guide our policy directions over the next few years.
“Build a thriving and sustainable economy; enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; enlarge agricultural output for food security and export; Attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products and expand transport and other infrastructural development.
“Expand business growth, entrepreneurship, and industrialization; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion; and improve security for all,’’ the statement quoted Buhari as saying.
The President, however, urged the diplomats to use the opportunity of working in the country to improve relations with their governments and people, adding that Nigeria will remain steadfast in pursuing deeper and valuable relations among nations, without discrimination.
“Nigeria strongly supports joint action to ensure a democratic and fair world order based on strict respect for the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, recognition of the unquestionable value of cultural diversity, national sovereignty, and the right of all countries to decide their future freely, without external pressure.
“Nigeria does not divide its partners into big and small; we value and respect every country, and with every country, we are ready to pursue dialogue, as well as build cooperation on the basis of equality and constructive mutual respect.
“These include our cooperation in strengthening regional, continental and global peace and security, resolving complex issues, settling conflicts, as well as addressing dangerous threats to mankind, among which include terrorism, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, cybercrimes, poverty, communicable diseases, and epidemics.’’
Speaking on behalf of the Ambassadors/High Commissioners, the Ambassador of Algeria to Nigeria, Hocine Latil, said that each of the diplomats would work to enhance cooperation and seek advancement in mutual areas of interest.
“On behalf of my colleagues, we thank you for receiving us. We know that your schedule is tight. As the giant of Africa, you are always focused on resolving conflicts in the continent, while taking care of your domestic issues as well.’’
The Algerian ambassador said the African ambassadors will leverage the opportunity to further enhance implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and learn from each other.
The Ambassadors/High Commissioners who presented their Letters of Credence are: Hocine Latil of Algeria; Luong Quoc Thinh of Vietnam; Dr Benson Alfred Bana of Tanzania; Traore Kalilou of Cote d’Ivoire; Abakar Saleh Chahaimi of Chad; Jamal Mohammed Barrow of Somalia; Brahim Salem El Mami Buseif of Sahrawi Arab Republic and Mohammed Alibak of Iran.

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