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President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

 

 

 

I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE.

 

Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of our compatriots chose this period to inflict severe hardship on us all by creating unnecessary fuel scarcity across the country.

 

The consequence was that not many could travel and the few who did had to pay exorbitant transport fares. This is unacceptable given that NNPC had taken measures to ensure availability at all depots. I am determined to get to the root of this collective blackmail of all Nigerians and ensure that whichever groups are behind this manipulated hardship will be prevented from doing so again.

 

Such unpatriotism will not divert the Administration from the course we have set ourselves. Our government’s watch word and policy thrust is CHANGE. We must change our way of doing things or we will stagnate and be left behind in the race to lift our people out of poverty and into prosperity.

 

My address to fellow Nigerians this morning is devoted mainly to informing you about the intense efforts this Administration is putting to address our country’s huge infrastructural deficit.

 

We are going to make significant in-roads in advancing road, rail and power projects across the country.

 

The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is one of the drivers of this Government’s commitment to renew and increase Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure in order to achieve global economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

 

With regards to Railways, we have set ourselves ambitious targets. Already in construction stage is the Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge Railway.

 

The line should reach Ibadan from Lagos by the end of 2019 and will carry two million passengers per year and five million tons of cargo will be transported every year giving a substantial boost to the country’s economy.

 

Construction of the Kano – Kaduna segment is expected to commence this year and reach Kaduna by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021 the two ends will be joined so that we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route.

 

The Abuja – Kaduna route will be boosted by additional rolling stock next Thursday and will be able to handle one million commuters annually.

 

At the same time I have approved and negotiations will be concluded in the first part of this year for the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri line covering Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Abakaliki, Makurdi, Lafia, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Yola and Damaturu.  The Abuja to Itakpe line will go through Baro and terminate in Warri with construction of a new seaport at Warri.

 

 

Secondly, Lagos to Calabar the “Coastal Rail”  through Ore, Benin, Agbor, Asaba, Onitsha, Sapele, Ughelli, Warri, Yenagoa, Otuoke, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar.  In the next few years, all these Nigerian cities will be linked by functional modern rail systems, giving enormous boost to the social and economic life of our people.

 

With respect to the Abuja Capital Light Rail, progress has reached 98% completion, as at 64% completion when we assumed office.  Only test runs remain before start of operations.

 

This train service will stimulate economic activities in the Federal Capital and provide residents with an efficient and safe transportation system.  Twelve railway sub-stations around the capital over a 45.2 kilometre route will serve as a catalyst and a pull factor to the economy of the area.  The Light Rail System will reduce traffic congestion and carbon emission in line with the Administration’s policy on climate change.

 

Management of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has been reconstituted and has been charged with a 12 week rapid intervention in road repairs to cover all the geo-political zones. Government is undertaking repairs and maintenance of 44 roads within the six geo-political zones.

 

Twenty five major highways will be funded under the N100b SUKUK facility. Each geo-political zone will benefit by an equal amount of N16.67b. The following major highways are to receive special attention:

 

    i.        Oyo – Ogbomosho,

  ii.        Ofusu – Ore – Ajebandele – Shagamu,

iii.        Yenagoa Road Junction – Kolo Otuoke – Bayelsa Palm,

iv.        Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,

  v.        Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriage Way,

vi.        Onitsha – Enugu Expressway,

vii.        Kaduna Eastern Bypass,

viii.        Dualization of Kano – Maiduguri Road,

ix.        Dualization of Abuja – Lokoja – Benin Road,

 x.      Dualization of Suleja – Minna Road.

 

In addition, Government has approved work to start on the re-construction of Abuja – Kaduna – Zaria – Kano road which is in a state of disrepair. Work will soon start and is expected to be completed in 2019

 

More Nigerians across the country are experiencing improved power supply to their homes and businesses.  However, power remains a concern to this government because too many people still do not have regular and reliable supply

 

The Payment Assurance Guarantee Scheme which started in January 2016 has enabled the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader to raise so far N701 billion to assure Generation Companies of at least 80% payment for any power delivered to the national grid

 

Consequently, generation has now reached 7,000MW. On December 8, 2017 the country achieved 5,155MW of power delivered to consumers, the highest level ever recorded.

 

Several moribund projects have been revived.  Repairs of Afam Power Station added 110MW in 2017 and another 240MW will be added this year through a private investment partnership

 

Katsina Power Project is now being tested and producing 10MW of power from wind for the first time in Nigeria.  It should be fully operational this year

 

The Zungeru 700MW Hydroelectric Power Project, stalled by court cases is due for completion in 2019.  The transmission and other requirements to operate the 30MW Gurara Phase 1 Hydroelectric Plant, the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydroelectric Plant and the 215 MW Kaduna Gas/LPG/Diesel Power Plant will also be completed this year

 

 

 

A landmark project, Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project is at last taking off.  This project has been on the drawing Board for 40 years, but now the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 3,050MW project has been agreed with a Chinese joint venture Company with a financing commitment from the government of China.  Completion is targeted for 2023

 

As I mentioned earlier, the Transmission Company of Nigeria can now distribute all the 7,000MW that can be generated.  TCN and the Niger Delta Holding Company have added 1,950MVA of 330 down to 132KV transformer capacity of 10 transmission stations and 2,930MVA of 132 down to 33KV transformer capacity of 42 sub-stations including Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Alagbon, Ajah, Ejigbo, Funtua and Zaria

 

This Administration is working with the privatised distribution Companies to overcome the continuing challenges of distribution.

 

These massive public works should spearhead the recovery and lead millions back to employment. You will recall that it was not until last year that we got out of the economic recession into which the country had fallen as a consequence of past unsustainable economic policies which projected short-term illusory growth

 

 

The government is slowly stabilizing the economy.

 

It was in order to change the steady and steep decline that we adopted the more sustainable policies and programmes captured in the Economic Recovery Plan. Diversification efforts have resulted in improved output particularly in agriculture and solid minerals sectors. The relative exchange rate stability has improved manufacturing sector performance

 

We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.

Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy. Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.

By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector. Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.

 

In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. No human law or edifice is perfect. Whatever structure we develop must periodically be perfected according to changing circumstances and the country’s socio-economic developments. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.

 

We tried the Parliamentary system: we jettisoned it. Now there are shrill cries for a return to the Parliamentary structure. In older democracies these systems took centuries to evolve so we cannot expect a copied system to fit neatly our purposes. We must give a long period of trial and improvement before the system we have adopted is anywhere near fit for purpose.

 

However, there is a strong case for a closer look at the cost of government and for the public services long used to extravagance, waste and corruption to change for the better. I assure you that government is ever receptive to ideas which will improve governance and contribute to the country’s peace and stability.

 

As the electioneering season approaches politicians must avoid exploiting ethnicity and religion by linking ethnicity with religion and religion with politics. Such must be avoided at all costs if we are to live in harmony.

 

In this respect the rest of Nigeria could learn from the South Western States who have successfully internalized religion, ethnicity and politics.

 

Political discourse should be conducted with civility, decorum and in a constitutional manner. We all have a collective responsibility to strengthen our democracy and entrench the rule of law. We should draw encouragement from the series of bye-elections conducted by INEC last year which were generally violence free and their outcomes adjudged to be free and fair.

 

Before I conclude my address I must reassure my fellow citizens that security of life and property is still top of our government’s agenda. We have since beaten Boko Haram. Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America.

Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.

 

Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.

 

With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies.  Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.

 

With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.

 

I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas.

 

Finally let me again express my heartfelt thanks to all Nigerians who prayed for me during my illness last year. I feel deeply humbled by your prayers and good wishes and I am more determined than ever to serve you to the best of my ability.

 

Good morning. And I wish everyone a Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari with President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

This website will avail to you with resourceful information, on investment, political and consular and as well as how to do business in Nigeria.

 

Nigeria @ 55

2015 has been a significant year for Nigeria, as President Muhammad Buhari, emerged as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was the first time in the history of Nigeria that an opposition party had won an elelction and both leaders were ready for the historic transition. As it was expected, Nigerians have very high expectations for the new government, ensuring that the government takes proactive measures to ensure inclusivity in the economic growth.

 

President Muhammad Buhari has vowed to fight corruption, which majority of Nigerians believe is mainly to blame for the increased income gap. A new climate for change has been ushered into the Nigerian socioeconomic landscape, under the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, based on the economic policies put in place.

 

Nigeria-Singapore Relations

Diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Singapore was established on, 20 April 1970. The mutual respect and cooperation existing between both countries culminated in the establishment of a Diplomatic Mission by the Nigerian Government in January 2000 with a resident High Commissioner. Since then, Nigeria and Singapore have maintained excellent relations and have supported each other in international fora.

 

The Nigeria High Commission efforts in attracting Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria from Singapore will further consolidate bilateral relations between Nigeria and Singapore and take the relations to a greater height for the mutual benefit of both countries. Also, people to people relations has continued to grow tremendously. Nigeria is currently looking beyond Africa in forging new political and economic relations in international affairs.

 

 

Nigeria Economic Overview

Nigeria has a population of 187 million and a demographic growth rate of 3% annually. Nigeria has one of the youngest population in the world with an average age of about 18 years. It was also projected that in 2070, Nigeria would have the third largest population in the world.

 

As you may be aware, Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and considered to be the most preferred destination for investment in Africa. Nigeria has the largest consumer market in the West African region worth about US$160 billion. Nigeria provides access to a larger market in the ECOWAS and Central Africa sub regions. According to an UNCTAD report Nigeria has 7% rate of return on investment, which is rated fourth highest globally.

 

Nigeria is also very strategic to the ECOWAS sub region, not just because of the quantum of economic activities involving Nigeria and its neighbours, but by other factors, which contribute to its key position in the region. These factors include the geometric location of Nigeria in Africa. Nigeria is equidistant by land to Central Africa and East Africa and by sea to the southern African countries. Nigeria has 853 kilometre of coastline, considered to be a huge investment potential for the Maritime, Tourism and Hospitality industries.

 

The information on this website is just the tip of the iceberg, if you an investor and wish to invest in Nigeria. We hope you find the content very informative, interesting and exciting. Feel free to contact the High Commission for more information. Thank you.

 

 

Zainab Zakari-Awami,

Chargé d’ Affaires a.i.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

This website will avail to you with resourceful information, on investment, political and consular and as well as how to do business in Nigeria.

 

Nigeria @ 55

2015 has been a significant year for Nigeria, as President Muhammad Buhari, emerged as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was the first time in the history of Nigeria that an opposition party had won an elelction and both leaders were ready for the historic transition. As it was expected, Nigerians have very high expectations for the new government, ensuring that the government takes proactive measures to ensure inclusivity in the economic growth.

 

President Muhammad Buhari has vowed to fight corruption, which majority of Nigerians believe is mainly to blame for the increased income gap. A new climate for change has been ushered into the Nigerian socioeconomic landscape, under the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, based on the economic policies put in place.

 

Nigeria-Singapore Relations

Diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Singapore was established on, 20 April 1970. The mutual respect and cooperation existing between both countries culminated in the establishment of a Diplomatic Mission by the Nigerian Government in January 2000 with a resident High Commissioner. Since then, Nigeria and Singapore have maintained excellent relations and have supported each other in international fora.

 

The Nigeria High Commission efforts in attracting Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria from Singapore will further consolidate bilateral relations between Nigeria and Singapore and take the relations to a greater height for the mutual benefit of both countries. Also, people to people relations has continued to grow tremendously. Nigeria is currently looking beyond Africa in forging new political and economic relations in international affairs.

 

 

Nigeria Economic Overview

Nigeria has a population of 187 million and a demographic growth rate of 3% annually. Nigeria has one of the youngest population in the world with an average age of about 18 years. It was also projected that in 2070, Nigeria would have the third largest population in the world.

 

As you may be aware, Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and considered to be the most preferred destination for investment in Africa. Nigeria has the largest consumer market in the West African region worth about US$160 billion. Nigeria provides access to a larger market in the ECOWAS and Central Africa sub regions. According to an UNCTAD report Nigeria has 7% rate of return on investment, which is rated fourth highest globally.

 

Nigeria is also very strategic to the ECOWAS sub region, not just because of the quantum of economic activities involving Nigeria and its neighbours, but by other factors, which contribute to its key position in the region. These factors include the geometric location of Nigeria in Africa. Nigeria is equidistant by land to Central Africa and East Africa and by sea to the southern African countries. Nigeria has 853 kilometre of coastline, considered to be a huge investment potential for the Maritime, Tourism and Hospitality industries.

 

The information on this website is just the tip of the iceberg, if you an investor and wish to invest in Nigeria. We hope you find the content very informative, interesting and exciting. Feel free to contact the High Commission for more information. Thank you.

 

 

Zainab Zakari-Awami,

Chargé d’ Affaires a.i.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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