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Buhari sets economic growth, other targets for ministers

By Idowu Abdullahi

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries to redouble their efforts and work in synergy toward total delivery of his administration’s set target to improve livelihood of all Nigerians.

The president also stressed the need for synergy between the fiscal and monetary authorities in the country to keep the economy on the trajectory of growth such that would ensure his administration deliver on its mandate of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty

Underscoring the need for synergy between the fiscal and monetary authorities, the president assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to implement fiscal measures to improve domestic revenues and mobilize external funding support to build a more resilient economy.

Buhari, who gave the directive at the end of the two-day Mid-term Ministerial performance review retreat, also instructed the ministers to ‘‘ramp up implementation’’ of their mandates along the Nine Priority Areas of his administration. He noted that intensive discussions at the retreat provided an opportunity to reflect on what this administration has done and areas it needs to improve and refocus attention.

According to him, the retreat provided an opportunity for us to undertake an objective assessment of our stewardship in line with the contract we signed with the Nigerian people to deliver on our electoral promises.

‘‘From the assessment report and discussions at this retreat, I am glad to note that progress has been made towards the achievement of our objectives. The independent performance assessment report presented on day one of the retreat, indicates that significant progress has been achieved in the delivery of the Ministerial Mandates.

‘‘Distinguished participants, the discussions at the retreat have prompted the need for us to ramp up implementation on the deliverables. We must close the gaps in our implementation efforts to ensure that we attain set targets by 2023,’’ the president said.

To achieve this, Buhari directed the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to immediately begin the process of convening quarterly coordination meetings for each priority area based on the collaborative results framework.

He explained that the aim of these meetings was to ascertain status of implementation across the nine priority areas, identify bottlenecks, and proffer immediate solutions. ‘‘All Ministers and Permanent Secretaries must be in attendance. These are not meetings to delegate,’’ he said.

The president also pledged that issues around expanding access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians will be given priority attention within the period of this administration.

‘‘We will sustain all on-going efforts in rebuilding our health system through targeted investment in the health sector, especially our vaccination drive to halt the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. This Administration remains committed to providing the education and training required for employment and entrepreneurship, particularly using technology to impact the relevant skills on our youths.

‘‘Our Social Investment Programmes will be sustained in the coming years. We will continue to reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable households through the National Cash Transfer Programme and other initiatives of government,’’ he said.

The president also spoke on the administration’s determination to build systems to fight corruption and improve governance, saying: ‘‘We will continue to address the issues that foster corruption and impair transparency in the management of public resources. Efforts will be geared towards improving coordination and synergy between anti-corruption agencies.’’

On infrastructure, Buhari promised that the Federal Government would prioritize funding and ensure that all high-priority ongoing infrastructure projects are completed before the end of this Administration. He announced that the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund would continue to support the delivery of legacy infrastructure projects across the country.

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