The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, maintained that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has started delivering on its campaign promise of Change.
He made this assertion during a Federal Government Town Hall meeting for the South East in Enugu.
Stressing that contrary to insinuations in certain quarters that the Change promised was a “ruse,” Mohammed said that the Change was already manifesting in every sector, adding that a lot had been done in moving the country forward.
He insisted that the government would remain undeterred in implementing the Change agenda it promised Nigerians.
Mohammed said, “Many have said they are yet to see the change we promised. Many more have called the promise a ruse.
“In fact, they are now mocking us. But we remain undaunted because we know that the change we promised is real.
“In fact, the change we promised is already here, and it is manifesting all around us.’’
Highlighting the successes of the current administration, Mohammed said the current government has been able to put a stop to the looting of public funds which, he said, was responsible for underdevelopment.
According to him, “Before now, public officials simply opened the public till, took as much money as they wanted and walked away without consequences.
“That explains why funds allocated to the military to fight Boko Haram ended up in the piggy banks of many unscrupulous Nigerians
“Today, all those who looted the public treasury are being made to answer for their actions, as impunity gives way to accountability.
“Many have offered to return their loots, and many more are facing charges,” he said.
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On the issue of the economy, Mohammed said, “We promised to diversify the economy away from oil, to ensure that other sectors are able to significantly contribute to sustainable development.
“In June 2016, for the very first time, about 70 per cent of the more than N500 billion raised from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee came from the non-oil sector, while 30 per cent came from the oil sector.
“It was the first time in 2016 that the Federal Government shared more than N500 billion among the three tiers of government.”
The Minister stated that the Federal Government is working towards addressing complaints over perceived lopsidedness in appointments.
“There are hundreds of appointments yet to be made. It is an evolving scenario and any lopsidedness is being addressed as we progress,” he assured.
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