Opinion: The modest strides of a vilified President

by Honest Offor

SAFRICA-NIGERIA-DIPLOMACY-ECONOMY-TRADEThe most visible achievement of this government is in the Agricultural sector. A vocation that was once reserved for the elderly has been embraced by young people who now see it as a viable alternative to white collar jobs.

P.U Global Engineering services Ltd is one of the many indigenous oil servicing firms in Nigeria that owes its existence to the Nigerian content act, an act that was signed into law by Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Today, jobs that were hitherto outsourced to foreign firms because of lack of indigenous technology and skills can now be done in Nigeria. I am gainfully employed in that company because of the Nigerian content act and so are many other young Nigerians.

The YouWin program is a novel idea that has provided opportunity for thousands of Nigerians youths to actualize their dreams while creating job for in small numbers. Many people may not appreciate the GIS program but my friend Azubuike, whom we graduated together in 2010, calls it a lifeline.

Having spent 4 years at home without a job, Azubuike like thousands of youths, have been provided the opportunity to learn on the job, while receiving monthly stipends from government. If the scale of these significant programs can be expanded to include more graduates, no doubt they can become the best youth programs in Africa after NYSC.

My only memory of the train was as a child when we visited my maternal village and we would scream in ecstasy at the sight of the locomotive. Decades later, our trains are back, sadly it is the same locomotive but if previous governments had invested in the sector, we could have had better trains. It is certainly not a feat worth to be termed transformational, but to deny it as a worthy achievement will be uncharitable.

The Benin Ore road, the Lagos Ibadan expressway, the Lokoja-Abaji expressway and other federal roads notorious for their dilapidated states, can now be plied with ease because of reconstruction works done on them by the Federal government. Perhaps, the most audacious achievement of this government is the unbundling of the power sector. Although Nigerians cannot enjoy steady power supply now, the process to a regime of constant power supply has been set in motion.

The most visible achievement of this government is in the Agricultural sector. A vocation that was once reserved for the elderly has been embraced by young people who now see it as a viable alternative to white collar jobs. We can conveniently say that we are diversifying the economy to Agriculture. Fertilizer racketeering, an age long cash cow for corrupt senior civil servants and politicians has been weaned and farmers can now access fertilizer with ease.

Beyond the physical modest strides this government has engineered, worth mentioning are the intangibles that deepen democracy, which this government has also advanced.

The convocation of the national confab, the signing into law of the freedom of information bill, the independence of the legislature and the judiciary, the adherence to rule of law and the improved conduct of elections, are clear departures from the past and any government deserves commendation for these laudable feats.

Despite the modest strides of the Jonathan administration, it remains one of the most vilified governments in the recent past. This is not without reason; any country that loses over 13,000 of her citizens to a senseless insurgency cannot be patient with that government.

This is even made worse by the scandalous proportion of corruption that has come to define this administration. Things would certainly be different had the President done better in these two key areas.

Even as an unapologetic critic of this government, I cannot deny the modest feats recorded by this government, to do so will be dishonest and I will never live contrary to my name.


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One comment

  1. Honestly Honest u seem to be high on cheap drugs. How is it that you give credence to a govt selling off Power generation to private investors, have not biult a single refinery and yet does not have a savings to it’s name, rather the reserves acquired from it’s predesessor is no where to be found? A govt that insist on money laundary in the name of buying armunition, when simple citenzenry can transact busines electronically? A govt that proves to be an embarrasment constantly in the eye of the world. On the Youwin program, all you have manage to say is that a few people have benefitted financially from this govt. My dear that is stale new. How about doing something for the greater mass

    Only in our govt will you ask tha power tarrifs be increased so they can use our money to biuld power generating plants and then dell back to us. Only in this contry will they ask to remove fuel subsidy so that the masses pay for their inability to make good on our natural resourse which they have abused over the year. My thinking is the oil is there, the market is overwhelming, what would it take to biuld these refineries and maximise the market?

    On agricutire, My question to you though is has the govt’s strides in agriculture reduced importation of food crops over the last two years or does it take 8years for these locally produced crops to harvest?why don’t we see these produce to buy in our market or are they too good for our consuption? Yet you call it visible

    Kindly desist from this attempt to upset the sensitivity of Nigerians!

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