From Desmond Mgboh, Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari has scored his administration high in service delivery to Nigerians, saying he is very happy with his achievements, especially during his second term in office.
The President disclosed this Monday in Kano while speaking at a reception organised in his honour by the Kano State Government during his one-day visit to the state.
Buhari recalled that while his predecessors from 1999 to 2015 produced an average of 2.1 million barrels of oil per day at a selling price of 100 dollars per barrel, the price of oil when he assured office dropped to about 30 dollars per barrel while production came down to half a million dollars per day.
The President explained that despite this hard fact, his administration went ahead to perform very well in many critical sectors of the economy, including infrastructure.
He reiterated that Nigeria is a very great country, but regretted that this fact is not appreciated by many Nigerians, some of whom he noted are very forgetful of good things.
Buhari insisted that life is better in Nigeria when compared to other countries pointing out that in some neighbouring countries, their citizens are preoccupied with how to get one good meal per day.
Speaking on Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. Buhari noted that he suspects that some powerful international groups/countries are intent on destroying Nigeria adding that the activities of Boko Haram were aimed at halting efforts aimed at prospecting petroleum in the Lake Chad Region.
The President lauded the efforts of Governors, especially those of Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Lagos, Kogi who had recently invited him to commission projects executed by their administrations, saying they had done well in infrastructure.
He also expressed appreciation to Nigerians for the love and support they had extended to him over the years saying that the crowd that had turned up to greet him across the country was more than what anyone could buy or force.
He tasked the Nigerian elites to encourage and support the youths to get real education adding that nothing can replace real education and learning.
Speakers at the occasion included Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Ministers of Power. Finance and Digital Economy, while projects commissioned, included 10 megawatts federal government, Kano Grid Solar Power, and the multi-billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port in Zawachiki, Kumbotso local government area.
Also commissioned were Kano State Data Centre at Audu Bako Secretariat, Tier Data Centre and office complex at Galaxy Backbone Limited Project, including the Cancer Treatment Centre, Aliko Dangote Ultra-Modern Skill Centre and a Federal Government Housing Units at Gandun Sarki, Darmanawa.