President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, laid out his agenda for the remaining three years of his tenure, stating that there are nine areas his administration would focus on in that space of time.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari made this known when he receivied letters of credence from ambassadors/high commissioners of eight countries.
Hocine Latil of Algeria; Luong Quoc Thinh of Vietnam; Dr Benson Alfred Bana of Tanzania; Traore Kalilou of Cote d’Ivoire; Abakar Saleh Chahaimi of Chad; Jamal Mohammed Barrow of Somalia; Brahim Salem El Mami Buseif of Sahrawi Arab Republic and Mohammed Alibak of Iran were the ambassadors/high commissioners who presented their letters of credence to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement was titled, “President Buhari lists nine priority areas to improve livelihood of Nigerians”.
Among those areas of priority he listed were health care, power supply, poverty reduction and education.
According to Adesina, the President said that efforts were being made to sustain Nigeria’s position as a profitable investment destination with unequalled incentives in all sectors, especially large market and flexible tax system which investors from various countries can take advantage of.
He also said Buhari briefed the diplomats about Nigeria’s priority as well as the need to focus on people-oriented policies.
According to the statement, the President was quoted as saying, “In our efforts to achieve a realistic domestic and foreign policy, as well as national development, we have identified the following nine priority areas to guide our policy directions over the next few years”.
“Build a thriving and sustainable economy; enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; enlarge agricultural output for food security and export; attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products and expand transport and other infrastructural development”.
“Expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialisation; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion; and improve security for all’’.
Adesina further said that the President who described Nigerians as the “nation’s most prized assets,’’ stated that the nine priority mandates were already captured in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, a medium-term initiative pioneered by the government to restore economic growth and development while leveraging the resourcefulness and resilience of the citizens.
The President boasted of the country’s huge potential to the diplomats and therefore urged them to “go around the country, see things for yourselves, and report to your home governments” and use the opportunity of working in the country to improve relations with their governments and people.
President Buhari affirmed Nigeria’s continued steadfastness in pursuing, without discrimination, deeper and valuable relations among nations.