At the presentation of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) in Abuja, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians.
Lai noted that the Federal Government in the past two years under President Buhari has provided employment to 200,000 unemployed graduates, engaged 57,000 people through Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) and also empowered about 26,000 Nigerians through the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT).
He added that through the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), the Federal Government provided free meals to about 1.2million pupils all over the country and also provided job opportunity for at least 12,000 cooks.
“This is a government that promised and delivered on its promises and the unique thing about this particular N-SIP is that it has been achieved in an era when there has been no revenue.
“It would have been very perfect excuse to say that because oil revenue dropped drastically, therefore, we are not able to deliver on our promises.
“But despite the dwindling revenue, we are able to deliver on our campaign promises and then this is not related just to the social investment programmes alone.
“I am happy that we are here today to prove that this government is not a government of propaganda; this is a real government that is dealing with the real people,” Mr. Lai said.
He added that the programmes were all transparent because no one needs to no anybody to get enrolled.
“I am happy that many of the beneficiaries have testified to this and this is a new dawn.
“My appeal to all the beneficiaries is to please let them not limit their testimonies to this hall please say it louder and clear at every time to all Nigerians.
“Let Nigerians know how this government has impacted positively on your lives,” he added.
Mr. Lai noted that despite the drastic fall in revenue, between 2016, the federal government was able to add about $7billion to its foreign reserves, attract $500million to the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) and increased the Excess Crude.
“All these we did despite the very tight resources,” the minister noted.