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My administration won’t fail Nigerians, Buhari tells Bill Gates

…Orders ministers to submit handover notes by April 24

Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night assured that his government would not fail Nigerians and will work harder to fulfill all his campaign promises.

The Nigerian President commended Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, for his consistent and generous support to public causes around the globe, and specifically for supporting the eradication of polio and HIV diseases in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Speaking in a telephone call to congratulate the President upon his resounding election victory, winning a second four-year term of office, Mr. Gates, who said he was happy to be associated with the President, restated his commitment to the success of the administration as well as the progress, prosperity and well-being of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He expressed willingness to do more for the country.

Buhari reiterated his opinion that Mr. Gates’ wealth has benefited Nigeria’s development, and expressed appreciation for the call.

The Nigerian leader said: “I am very happy the way your projects have touched the life of the average Nigerian.

The people of this country have given their verdict. This verdict says we have to work hard to meet their expectations. God willing, we will not fail.”

Meanwhile, as the first term of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration winds down, the President has asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from cabinet members on their respective ministries, departments and agencies.

These reports, the President ordered, have Wednesday, April 24, 2019 as the deadline for submission to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the Vice President.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, stated that a circular to this effect was issued by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

According to Shehu, President Buhari also requested the ministers to “ensure that all outstanding memoranda they intend to present to the Federal Executive Council are submitted to the Cabinet Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, not later than Tuesday, 30th April, 2019.”

The circular also informed members that the “9th and 10th meetings of the Council have been rescheduled to Thursday, 25th April and Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 respectively” in view of the Easter break and May Day celebrations.