President Muhammadu Buhari has declared open his administration’s last ministerial performance review retreat, claiming his regime’s execution of high-impact projects across the country are meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Addressing the retreat organised to evaluate the level of progress made in the implementation of the nine-priority agenda of his administration, the president highlighted remarkable progress in agriculture, economy, infrastructure, security, health, and anti-corruption, among others.
He told participants and guests at the retreat, including the keynote speaker and ex-Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, that over 3,800km of roads had been constructed across Nigeria.
“In recognition of the importance of critical infrastructure in economic development and the quest of this administration to leave a lasting legacy, we have implemented high-impact projects across the length and breadth of the country that meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians,” the president said.
He listed the projects to include the completion of the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and Lagos-Ibadan railway.
“On road projects, this administration has constructed 408Km of roads, 2,499Km of SUKUK roads and maintenance of 15,961Km of roads across the country. Key among these projects is the construction of 1.9km 2nd Niger Bridge linking Anambra and Delta states with 10.30km approach road; rehabilitation, construction and expansion of Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan dual carriageway; the ongoing rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna – Zaria–Kano Road, among others,” added Mr Buhari.
While stressing that his regime sustained commitment to infrastructural development in the past seven years, Mr Buhari said over 941km of completed SUKUK road projects nationwide were delivered.
He further disclosed that his regime reconstructed 21 federal roads totalling 1,804.6km under the Road Infrastructure Development & Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Policy.
According to him, the roads, funded by the NNPC are in addition to a similar existing collaboration with Dangote Industries Limited and other corporate organisations to improve the country’s road infrastructure.
Mr Buhari also announced that new aircraft were acquired for the Nigerian Air Force to fight bandits and insurgents.