Presidency lists President Buhari’s achievements after first year in office

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The presidency has released a list detailing all the
achievements of President Buhari in the last one year. He
marks one year in office tomorrow May 29th. The list as
published by the News Agency of Nigeria contains the
following:

SECURITY:
The relocation of the Nigerian
Military Command Centre to
Maiduguri, since May 2015,
contributed to the success in the fight
against insurgency in the North
Eastern part of the country.
As at February 2016, the total
number of persons rescued by the
Nigerian troops during the ongoing
operations in the North East came to
11,595
Since December 2015, the well-
motivated and rejuvenated Nigerian
Military have regained all Nigerian
territories previously under Boko
Haram control.
Prioritized regional cooperation in
the fight against Boko Haram
insurgency and violent extremism,
through the operations of the 8,500
strong Multi-National Joint Task
Force in N’Djamena, the capital of
Chad, currently headed by a Nigeria
military general.
Nigeria has provided $21million USD
to the Task Force since June 2015 and
is committed to an additional $79
million USD, bringing the total of
Nigeria’s commitment to the Task
Force to 100 million USD.
Cohesive international support in the
fight against terrorism and assistance
to victims and communities affected
by terrorism, following President
Buhari’s meeting with G7 leaders and
other world powers.
In May 2016, Nigeria hosted a
Regional Security Summit to boost
military operations against Boko
Haram and forge a global support
for the rehabilitation of the IDPs and
rebuilding of the North East.
In June 2015, the United States
announced a 5-million-dollar
support for the fight against the
terrorists in the sub-region.
In April 2016, during the visit to Ms
Samantha Power, the U.S
Ambassador to the UN to Nigeria,
Cameroon and Chad, the U.S
Government further announced an
additional $40 million USD for
humanitarian assistance in the sub-
region
Recruitment of additional 10,000
persons into the Nigeria Police Force
is ongoing. The recruitment will
address the manpower gap which
currently exists in the Nigeria Police
Overhaul of the dysfunctional
topmost hierarchy of the Nigerian
military which resulted in optimal
result and degradation of the Boko
Haram elements.
Was able to bring back our hitherto
military allies; which saw the United
States and UK governments commit
their resources to the fight against
the insurgents after previously
backing out of negotiations with the
previous administration. The Israeli
government has also indicated
interest in the fight against
insurgency.
Introduction of the motor cycle
battalion (This is so that the Nigerian
Army can travel to remote areas that
were not accessible to cars/trucks)
Realigned our partnership with
regional allies by embarking on
foreign visits which resulted in
bilateral and multilateral agreements
to tackle insecurity back home.
No more roadblocks and curfews,
which normally impeded free flow of
movement.
Continuous monitoring of activities
in the region of war through the use
of satellite images and geographical
information system is helping in
fighting insurgency and strategizing
against the enemy.
The trips to our neighbouring
countries showed the resolve of the
President to push Boko Haram
elements out of existence by going
for the jugular of the group, cutting
their arms, food supply routes.
Support has thus been mobilized
through the Multinational Joint Task
Force.
Another major stride is the Trans
National Organized Crime (TNOC)
where the president got partnership
with regional allies in the fight
against the proliferation of Small
Arms and Light Weapons.
As part of the reconfigured military
partnership, the United States
donated 24 mine-resistant armoured
vehicles (MRAP) which had protected
the Nigerian troops from the menace
of Improvised Explosive Devices.
Today we have less causalities.
Reached out to the G7 countries and
achieved the following: intelligence
sharing; technical military training;
arms deals/donations
Overhauling of NIMASA. A reversed
policy of the past administration
where national infrastructural assets
were given to militia leaders to
protect as against established bodies
like the Nigerian Navy was stopped.
The President Buhari government
has drafted the army to partner with
other security agencies in ensuring
the security of our national
infrastructure and this is already
yielding the desired results.
A major ring of pipeline vandals in
Lagos state were captured recently in
a joint operation by security forces
led by the army.
The government has renewed its
fight against oil bunkering
The Nigerian Navy has recorded
tremendous success lately in
apprehending vessels used by oil
thieves. This operation has improved
security on our water ways and it
has also helped improve the revenue
of government.
Deployment of sophisticated weapons
to ensure vandalism is contained by
setting up a pipeline security force in
stamping out the menace.
Effective Management of the
Separatist Biafran Movement
Improving the technical capacity of
Nigerian Police Force. We now have
a forensic lab and GSM tracking
device. We now have a more IT
integrated Police force.
Restructuring of Nigerian
Immigration to stop cross border
crimes.
NSCDC has become more proactive in
the prevention of pipeline
vandalization, with arrest of several
pipeline vandals.
Joint operations involving various
security outfits in curbing the
menace of the herdsmen in the
country has been set up.
The use of surveys and updated
mappings across the country as
strategies for preventing threats
among ethnic groups in Nigeria.
CORRUPTION
Right from the moment he won the
Presidential Election in 2015, the
impression of the President as a ‘‘no
nonsense and incorruptible leader’’
sent a signal to looters of public
funds, with many of them returning
funds that had been stolen under the
previous administration.
To create a frame work for
prosecuting the war against
corruption and institutionalize
probity, President Buhari set up an
Advisory Committee on War Against
Corruption.
The anti-corruption battle is gaining
ground with several high profile
cases already in the courts. The
administration is being guided by the
rule of law in the prosecution of
corruption cases.
President Buhari enlisted the support
of multilateral institutions like the
World Bank and IMF, security
agencies, Western countries and
other friendly nations to locate and
repatriate stolen assets.
At a London summit on anti-
corruption, President Buhari
announced that Nigeria will begin
the full implementation of the
principles of the OPEN contracting
data standards.
In the first quarter of 2016, President
Buhari embarked on trips to the
Middle East to sensitize the
governments on the need to
repatriate stolen assets and hand
over the looters for trial in Nigeria.
In January, Nigeria and UAE signed
Judicial Agreements on Extradition,
Transfer of Sentenced Persons,
Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal
Matters.
In March 2016, the Federal
Government and the Swiss
Government signed a Letter of Intent
On the Restitution of Illegally-
Acquired Assets forfeited in
Switzerland. Under the agreement,
Switzerland will repatriate $ 321
million USD illicitly acquired by the
Gen. Sani Abacha family.
In March 2016, the Presidential
Committee set up to probe contracts
awarded by the Office of the
National Security Adviser (ONSA)
from 2011 to 2015 announced the
recovery of over N7 billion from
indicted companies and individuals.

ECONOMY
Implementation of the Treasury
Single Account (TSA) has provided
greater visibility of government
revenues and cash flows. Between
June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal
Government TSA collection clocked
N3trillion.
To further instill fiscal discipline,
President Buhari directed the closure
of all multiple accounts in Ministries,
Departments and Agencies of
government, thereby plugging
loopholes for leakages with new
technology.
The opaque accounting structure of
the NNPC has been reconstructed to
be more transparent with the closure
of more than 40 accounts. As a
corporate entity, NNPC is now
accountable and more transparent in
operations, publishing its monthly
financial reports.
The President also resolved the
lingering shadowy oil swap deals that
had cost the country billions of
dollars and left it at the mercy of a
few rich Nigerians.
To alleviate the suffering of
Nigerians in September 2015,
President Buhari directed the Central
Bank of Nigeria to disburse N689.5
billion as bailout to 27 states of the
federation to pay salaries.
To stimulate the economy and reduce
poverty, in April, 2016, President
Buhari approved deferment in the
payment of the bailout as states were
still reeling under the burden of the
fall in commodity prices.
Records of more than 34,000 ghost
workers draining the nation’s
resources were expunged from the
Federal Civil Service, saving N2.29
billion monthly.
In 2015, President Buhari ruled out
the appointment of a government
delegation for pilgrimage to Saudi
Arabia. By this decision, the
government saved about one million
U.S dollars and N30m of local
expenses
Enforcement of the Bank Verification
Number: Also the BVN has ensured
that the menace of “ghost workers”
are being identified and dealt with,
while looters with multiple accounts
can no longer hide their loot
undetected.
Social Protection: Groundwork for
social intervention/palliatives for the
poor is being put in place as data is
being collated by the economic
planning office of the VP in
conjunction with the World Bank.
Reorganization/restructuring of the
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) into a focused,
accountable and transparent
institution with autonomous Units
(Upstream; Downstream, Gas &
Power; Refineries; Ventures and lean
Group Headquarters)
Reduction of operational deficits in
NNPC by over 50% as at March 2016
as a result of Increased Transparency
and Commercial focus
Conduct of NNPC outstanding Annual
Audits from 2011 to 2014, and the
publication of Monthly Financial and
Operations Reports to ensure
transparency
Introduction of third party financing
in order to eliminate direct funding
of cash calls by the Federal
Government
Renegotiation of existing service
contracts under Joint Venture and
Production sharing contracts (PSC)
Operations by about 30% leading to
operational efficiency improvements
and cost reductions
Elimination of the Offshore
Processing Agreement (OPA) through
the introduction of the Direct Sales
and Direct Purchase (DSDP) scheme
with reputable off-shore refineries
thereby yielding annual savings of
US$1 billion
Resuscitation of Port Harcourt, Warri
and Kaduna Refineries presently
producing about 7 million litres of
products per/day
Repair of products pipe lines and the
resuscitation of supply of products
from Atlas Cove-Mosimi- Ibadan-
Ilorin after a six year lull
Repairs of Escravos/ Warri and
Bonny/Port Harcourt crude oil pipe
lines
Introduction of a Price Modulation
framework for downstream
petroleum product pricing to
encourage responsiveness to market
dynamics
Guided deregulation of the
downstream sector to allow market
forces determine product price and
eliminate subsidy payments
Introduction of the initiative on
refinery co-location to increase
domestic refining capacity and
minimize the drain on scarce foreign
exchange for product importation
Commenced policy reforms for gas
monetization, flare out and
infrastructure development, to fast
track power supply and economic
diversification.

POWER
Under President Buhari, the Federal
Government agreed to a 50 million
Euro (about N11.15 billion) loan
agreement with French government
for capacity-building and upgrade of
power training facilities in Nigeria.
Nigeria signed a $237 million
agreement with World Bank to
improve power.
Chinese solar power manufacturers
agreed with the Federal Government
to set up solar panel manufacturing
business in Nigeria.
President Buhari has signed an
agreement with the Chinese
government to improve Nigeria’s
power infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT
Presidential approval for the
Implementation of United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP)
report 2010 for the clean-up of
Ogoniland with regards to oil
pollution and inclusion of
stakeholders in the process of
implementation.
Continuation of the implementation
of the Great Green Wall project to
fight and contain desertification in
Northern Nigeria initiated by past
administration.
JUDICIARY
Since assumption of office, President
Buhari has maintained a clear stance
on the rule of law and respect for
separation of
powers.
The President has focused on the
strengthening of institutions with key
appointment of professionals.
Appointment of 30 new Federal High
Court Justices

NATIONAL IMAGE
On assumption of office, the
President undertook some foreign
trips both within and outside Africa
to re-establish Nigeria’s position in
the global arena and solicit support
for Nigeria and Africa.
President Buhari has continually
pushed the agenda for enhancing
Nigeria’s global image by always
demonstrating Nigeria’s credentials
in the 2015 general elections, which
saw the country scoring high on
peaceful transition.
President Buhari strongly supported
the emergence of a Nigerian, Dr
Akinwumi Adesina, as President of
the Africa Development Bank. (NAN)

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