Nigerians voted for President Jonathan and he
is DELVERING! by
The domestic operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja
has been moved to the international wing to give room for
complete overhaul of the domestic terminal. Aviation
Minister Stella Oduah has assured Nigerians that the
airports will wear a completely new look in the months to
Nigeria is currently being cleaned up. Nigerians are now
talking freely, criticizing, complaining and showing concern
for their country because they see that things have to be done
in the right way and the President is listening.
Transformation is in Progress!
The National Assembly today is independent and
has been empowered to serve Nigerians. There was a time when the
National Assembly were considered as rubberstamps of the
Presidency and could be ambushed by the Executive if they fail to
'serve' the feet of the Executive.
There was a time when Speakers and Senate Presidents were
impeached at will. Never again! Transformation is in Progress!
Thanks to President Jonathan, exiled politicians, technocrats and
activists such as Nasir El-Rufai and Nuhu Ribadu have returned
back to the country from exile to contribute to National
While Nuhu Ribadu has been drafted to help in urgently cleaning up
the mess in the oil industry, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai remains
self-employed and partly-employed at ThisDay where Nduka Obaigbena
graciously donated a Friday Column to him so that he can vent his
spleen on National Issues.
Some say he is not happy that President Jonathan did not give him
the Minister of Power Slot. Others say if he was Minister of
Power, he would not have been talking and writing so much and
trying so hard to undermine the President. That is their concern.
There are those who still harbor grudges with El-Rufai because
they feel he kept quiet when the Obasanjo Third term plan was on.
They say he kept quiet when they needed him most. Some others say
he needed his job more. That is their business. Transformation is
in progress! The era of despots and dictators is over!
Gone were the days when people will disappear because they wrote
unfavorable things about government or persons in government.
President Jonathan is changing this country.
They say the President Jonathan acted against the wishes of
Nigerians when he announced the removal of subsidy in January
2012. Some others said government should have first taken the
bitter pill before giving it to Nigerians.
Some say the removal of subsidy made some Nigerians to see and
know that government had actually been doing something for
Then there are others who say if President Jonathan had not
announced the removal of subsidy, Nigerians would not have had the
opportunity to understand the nature of fraud that had pervaded
the process through which subsidy was provided to Nigerians. Now
that they know, Nigerians are better prepared in engaging
government and assisting in cleaning up the subsidy distribution
process. Transformation is clearly in process.
Some say the North is poor. Some others cannot understand how a
North that has held power for so long could be said to be so poor!
They wonder why some children of some Northerners own private jets
and homes across key cities of the world, attend private schools
in London, Switzerland and America while some others are left as
Almajiris to beg on the streets, walk bare feet across long
distances and recite Korans in unsheltered environments!
They wonder why children of some Northerners can afford to dole of
millions of naira to purchase an Argentine HORSE (!) for the game
of Polo while the Almajiris roam shabbily on the streets many of
them afflicted with the disease of Polio! Part of the teachings of
Othman Dan Fodio?
So you can now understand why they were amazed that a President
(who is Christian and from the South) should take it upon himself
to change the quality of lives if these Almajiri children and
kickstart the roll-out of 1000 schools for Almajiris across
They wonder how a Jonathan can show more concern than the other
Northern persons who had had long shots at power yet turned a
blind eye to the Almajiri issue!
In fact, they say some of the former military leaders from the
North spent billions to build private schools for children of the
rich and turned a blind eye to the children of the poor.
Some of these 'wonderers' have even accused these former leaders
from the North of embezzling and frittering away to offshore
accounts billions of naira initially set aside for Nomadic
education. We may need to confirm that.
There are others who wonder where the agricultural power of the
North had gone to....they wonder about cotton production in the
North! They wonder about textile production in the North.
They could not stop wondering and so they applaud President
Jonathan on his recent initiative to boost Cotton Production in
the North with the signing of an MOU by the Federal Government and
West African Cotton Company WACOT in February 2012
To boost rice production and reduce the reckless importation of
rice into our country, our President, in Dec 2011 moved to
increase the capacity of three rice mills in the country to 90,000
tonnes each! These mills are located in Ebonyi State, Niger State
and Kebbi State.
How about the long troubled railway sector?
After decades of total neglect of the Nation's railway sector?
People, the trains are coming back! The Lagos-Kano express
passenger trains will soon commence operations! Delays on the
route commissioning were due to floods which washed away a section
of the Akere railway end.
Rather than work with just the old bridge, the President
instructed that a new bridge be constructed in Akere in addition
to the re-enforcement of the old bridge and the provision of
additional culverts in the affected areas.
A two-year N12.1 billion contract for the rehabilitation of the
640km line between Jebba in Western Nigeria and Kano in the North
had been originally awarded to Costain West Africa Plc in 2010.
Prior to the flooding of last year, Costain, a Lagos based
company, had subcontracted the project to Chinese Civil
Engineering Corporation CCECC after failing to keep to deadlines.
CCECC had already been awarded the contract for rehabilitating the
48km stretch of rail track between Jebba and Lagos.
And then we come to the power sector which is now being given the
most definitive attention in more than three decades after it was
left to rot and decay by leaders who cared more about guns and
coup plots rather than infrastructure upgrade and maintenance!
From a meager 2800MW, we have slowly moved up to 4400MW. This is
still very low but the people in charge of the situation are not
sleeping. Nigerians will not allow them. President Jonathan will
continue to push them to deliver.
The Aviation industry cannot be left out in this discourse.
Airports across the country are currently being speedily
For more than three decades, no maintenance or rehabilitation work
had been done in our local airports! For instance, in the nationís
premier gateway, the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMIA) Lagos, not a
single block had been added to the complex or rehabilitated in
terms of expansion since it was built 30 years ago! From conveyor
belts, central air-conditioning system to runways, they all need
complete replacement. What the authorities have been doing for a
long time was simply managing the existing structure despite the
remarkable upsurge in passenger and cargo traffic within the last
Expansion works have begun in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano
airports and would take a few months to complete.
Concessionaire agreements are also being studied, addressed and
Already a substantial part of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT),
Lagos has been brought down for complete reconstruction work!
The domestic operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja has
been moved to the international wing to give room for complete
overhaul of the domestic terminal. Aviation Minister Stella Oduah
has assured Nigerians that the airports will wear a completely new
look in the months to come.
Thank God for President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan!