Sambo: No shaking, Jonathan will be re-elected


Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has reiterated his confidence in the victory of President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday.
This is due to the fact that “our achievements in service delivery have surpassed those of previous administrations”.
Sambo disclosed this in Kaduna during an interactive session with women and youths.
He revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government has kept faith with its campaign promises of transforming the country as evidenced by its unprecedented record of achievements across all sectors of the economy.
“When we came on board, the power sector could barely generate 2,000mw but within three years, we were able to generate 4,500mw of power, complete 11 thermal power plants, built 3,500km of transmission lines as well as 295 injection sub-stations in the country, a record that surpassed all previous records added together in the history of the country,” he said.
In the transport sector, the Vice President said that the Jonathan administration was able to build about 20,000km of road network as well as 3,500km of rail lines cutting across the North, East, South and West while at the same time, reviving the comatose rail sector, which had suffered neglect for the past three decades and train services were brought back to life.
In the education sector, he stated that no nation in the history of the world has established 14 universities in three years, a feat the Jonathan Administration has achieved.
He added that one of these universities was the Police Academy in Wudil, Kano which had been upgraded to a degree-awarding institution; the first ever in Africa.
“The administration has also expended over N664 billion to tertiary institutions under the Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND) in training and capacity building of staff as well as in projects execution in both federal and state-owned institutions of higher learning in the country. At the primary and basic education levels, about N297 billion support fund under the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) was expended. In line with the President’s directive that all children of school age were sent to school, about 10 million Almajirai and other out of school children had been catered for under the Almajirai Model Schools and other specialised schools for boys and girls established in the South-South and South-East to cater for the underprivileged class in the society.
“Under the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, Nigeria has achieved self-sufficiency in cement production and was on her way to achieving the same level in rice production and other agricultural produce. When this administration came on board, Nigeria could barely produce 10 million tonnes of cement and had to import an additional 9 million tonnes to satisfy local demand. With the coming into being of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan today, Nigeria has become a net exporter of cement products producing over 30 million metric tonnes and exporting about 11million”.
In the agricultural sector, the vice president stated that the e-wallet system of fertilizer introduced by their administration has ensured the availability of the product to farmers as at and when needed, making a savings of over N100 billion to government while at the same time removing corruption that had hitherto characterise its distribution.
On youth and women empowerment, Sambo said that their administration has evolved several strategies to create job and wealth for the teeming youth and women of the country amongst which were the Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES), Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) and several other schemes.
He also added that last year, the administration created the Presidential Jobs Board with the mandate to create, at least, two million jobs annually for the next 10 years to breach the unemployment gap in the country as well as the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) Council to provide access to capital for micro, small and medium scale enterprises in the country.
The Vice President, however, called on Nigerians to come out en-masse and ensure total victory for the party in the March 28 and April 11 elections “because our administration has accorded women and youths the highest priority”.
On their part, the Youth and Women groups promised total victory for the PDP in all positions contested for in the party in the state.
In a related development, the Vice President also met with religious leaders from the Central Zone in Kaduna State where he called for their prayers on the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections and an end to the insecurity in the country while urging them to return to their communities and preach on the need for peace and peaceful coexistence amongst their adherents for it is only in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility that development could be achieved.
The Vice President, however, assured the religious clerics that the federal government has recorded great successes in its war with the terrorists in the North-East.
He said that already, the Nigerian troops had liberated all areas under occupation by the terrorists in Adamawa and Yobe states and seven of the 10 local government areas occupied by the dreaded sect in Borno State.
Both representatives of the leaders of the Islamic and Christian religions groups assured the Vice President that they would play their part as religious leaders in guiding their followers on the noble path of peace, adding that they had been consulting with several youth groups and associations to ensure that the post-election violence of 2011 that caused wanton destruction of lives and property did not repeat itself.
Prayers were offered for an end to the insecurity in the country as well for peaceful conduct of the elections.


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