Nigeria, the biggest country in the African continent, experienced a change in government on May 29, 2015… Expectation is high from the people the government of the day, because promises were made by the new government.
We would take it upon us to look at and highlight the various actions taken by this new government, as today, the 5th of September, marks her 100days in office.
Below are some of the things we can find that the government is doing, although they are subject to criticism…
1. Implementation of UNEP report on Ogoniland
2. NNPC reforms
3. Revamp of the Niger Delta amnesty program through proper verification of beneficiaries and payment of funds.
4. Enforcement of fuel price at Naira 87 in most places through DPR
5. Gradual stabilization of fuel supply
6. Ban on fraudulent foreign vessels lifting oil
7. Stream line of local oil importers to check corruption.
8. National carrier relaunch project
9. Alignment of biometric databases
10. Reduction of police allocation to VIP’s
11. Restriction of family from use of presidential jets
12. Rejection of new official cars worth 400 million naira
13. Abolishment of office of first lady
14. Presidential salary cut by 50%
15. Appointment of quality persons in key roles
16. Appointments of persons from perceived opposition States
17. Rehabilitation of IDP’s
18. Meeting with Bring Back Our Girls campaign group
19. Mobilisation of Neighbouring countries to fight Boko Haram
20. Reverse of sack/ conviction of 2500 soldiers
21. Relocation of military command to Borno state
22. Equipping and morale boosting of military to fight Boko Haram
23. Revamp of Nigeria local arms manufacture
24. Audit of military arms procurement since 2007
25. Dismantling of unnecessary police checkpoints
26. Police reform processes
27. Single treasury account
28. Increased monthly allocation to States despite oil price fall
29. Increase in excess crude account by 200 million naira
30. Increase in foreign reserves by over 2 billion dollars
31. Conversion of State debts to bonds
32. Plugging revenue leaks and loopholes
33. Increased transparency through regular presentation of Federation accounts
34. Audit of federal agencies and parastatals by PwC, KPMG and co
35. Meetings with Nigerian diaspora groups in South Africa, Niger, USA, etc.
36. Reset of relationships with USA one of the Nigeria’s main trading partners
37. High level international shuttle diplomacy
38. Mediation in Guinea Bissau crises
39. Enhancement of power generation through payments to gas suppliers, etc.
40. Audit of electricity companies
41. Saving funds by ending pilgrimage sponsorships
42. Audience and interaction with media
43. Establishment of new level of process and procedure in corridors of power e.g. well planned schedules at Aso Rock (based on Dele Momodu’s reports)
44. Bringing back a culture of proper planning and
45. Demonstration of commitment to anti-corruption war- restoration of focus on non-corrupt public officers.
46. Constitution of anti-corruption advisory committee
47. Revamped and active EFCC and ICPC
48. Timely funding of Nigeria Sports commission in
preparation for All Africa Games
49. Operation of open door policy where both allies and perceived opponents are given access
50. Encouragement of new culture of accountability in Army (e.g. formal apology from Army to Benue Governor for soldiers indiscipline and GOC in Lagos order to soldiers against harassment of danfo(bus) drivers)
51. Scrapping off of PHCN’s ridiculous meter charges for unused electricity.
52. Public declaration of assets by the president and his vice.
These are what we have seen. The government is trying and we expect more from them, because this is not where we want or as suppose to be at this moment. Let the wind of change blows!!!
Written by: @Roluseye