The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and five other ministers serving in the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan have said that the president had performed creditably well above his predecessors, hence the need for Nigerians to vote him back for a second term, come March 28, 2015.
Iweala said this on Monday, while making her presentation at a town hall meeting, organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
She stated that the government has done this in many ways through its various programmes and initiatives like YOUWIN, which is an entrepreneurial initiative to help entrepreneurs create jobs for themselves and other citizens, as well as viable and reliable pension scheme.
The coordinating minister added: “Look, Nigeria’s economy has been growing at 7 per cent per annum; that is what you need in order to cut poverty, which is one of the fastest growth rates in the world.
“This country has been growing from the non-oil sector, which is very good, because it shows that the economy is very diverse and, when we rebased it, we found that this largest economy in Africa, now $510b in GDP, has services at 51 per cent, industry at 26 per cent, agriculture at 22 per cent and the creative industry is now 1.4 per cent of GDP,” she revealed.
In his welcome address, the convener of the event and Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, noted that the event was packaged to showcase the several successes that the Jonathan’s administration has achieved at various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Omeri told traditional rulers, market men and women, National Union of Road Transport Workers at the event that being leaders and opinion moulders in their various spheres of influence, it was critical and auspicious that the facts and figures of the tremendous efforts made by government were put before them to carry it to their people to see the need to benefit from government policies and programmes.
He said: “In line with the National Orientation Agency’s mandate to communicate government’s policies, programmes and activities, as clearly spelt out in the act establishing the NOA, we also wish to use this conversation to obtain feedback from the people about the progress government has made in various sectors.”
The DG said it was their expectation that the participants at the events would derive value, as they learnt how to plug into those policies, programmes and activities, while taking advantage to make life better for their members.
Minister of Works, Arch Mike Onolememen, highlighted that the government has built roads and revived the railways, which had been moribund for 20 years.
On their parts, ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Transport, Tourism, Culture and National Orientation all reeled out the various achievements recorded by their ministry under the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.