President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigerians will feel the impact of his project after he leaves office in 2023 because his administration’s projects are designed to yield long-term benefits.
President Buhari stated this on Wednesday after inaugurating new board of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
The president restated his administration’s commitment to implementing long term projects and programmes that create jobs for Nigerians.
He said the full impact of most of the strategic projects started under his watch would only be felt long after he had left office.
He described the appointment of the 9-man board as a call to duty, action and performance, adding that they were eminently qualified for the job.
“This Government operates on the agenda for long term change which we all agree is inevitable. Change happens whether you are ready for it or not.’
“As representatives of the Federation, you are required to continue to drive the performance of the Authority to deliver benefits to all Nigerians.
“You must bear in mind that the National Economic Council, your Governing Council and Nigerians as a whole will hold you accountable for this mandate.
“Periodically, you will be required to provide evidence of your stewardship at the Governing Council Meetings where your performance will be assessed.
“The bar before you is very high and all of us are counting on you to deliver. If you do, I assure you that Government and indeed all Nigerians will be unflinching in their support for you,’’ the President said.
Buhari also reiterated the commitment of his administration towards establishing long term projects that would create jobs for Nigerians.
“Accordingly, in the past four years, both the public and private sectors in Nigeria have partnered on strategic projects with the NSIA,” he said.
“On the public sector partnership, we are working with the NSIA on strategic infrastructure projects such as the Second Niger Bridge, the Lagos – Ibadan Express Way and the Abuja – Kano Road, to mention a few.
“On the private sector collaborations, we have projects such as the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative and the NSIA Healthcare Development and Investment Company amongst many.
“Although these projects and programMEs have immediately created jobs from a development standpoint, the wider impact on society will only be felt in years to come.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Jerry Gana had said Nigerians are the “most miserable set of people in Africa” because nothing is working under Buhari’s administration.