“That future is here”: Top 12 quotes from President Jonathan’s speech #Independence52

by Isi Esene

For those who missed the 52nd Independence Anniversary speech aired nationally earlier today, we felt a need to bring you our pick of the top twelve quotes from the president’s address.

The president’s speech touched on Nigeria’s unity, economy, security, corruption, power, employment and other areas which has enjoyed the attention of his administration’s Transformation Agenda.

Here you go:

1.  Those who witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack and the emergence of the Green White Green flag continue to relish the memory, because that ceremony was not just about the destiny of a nation, but the future of a people; that future is here.

2.  The worthy patriots who made this possible were young men and women in their twenties and thirties. They worked together to restore dignity and honour to the Nigerian people.

3.  On this special day, I call on every Nigerian to remain steadfast, because our nation is indeed making progress. I call on every Nigerian to rediscover that special spirit that enables us to triumph over every adversity as a people.

4.  We are working hard and making progress on many fronts. We have cleaned up our electoral process; our elections are now globally acclaimed to be free and fair. Nigeria is now on a higher pedestal regarding elections.

5.  Our country’s power supply situation is improving gradually. We are successfully implementing a well-integrated power sector reform programme which includes institutional arrangements to facilitate and strengthen private-sector-led power generation, transmission and distribution.

6.  We have also put in place a cost-reflective tariff structure that reduces the cost of power for a majority of electricity consumers.

7.  Several government programmes and projects are creating wealth and millions of job opportunities for our youth and general population.

8.  Nigeria has become the preferred destination for investment in Africa. It is ranked first in the top 5 host economies for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa, accounting for over 20 per cent of total FDI flows into the continent.

9.  We have achieved a 24-hour timeline for registration of new businesses, leading to the registration of close to 7, 000 companies within the second quarter of 2012.

10. In this regard, we are devoting resources under the Subsidy Reinvestment Program (SURE-P) to reducing malaria incidents, dramatically reducing maternal and child mortality, and eradicating polio.

11. Many Nigerians have acknowledged that there has been a significant decline in the spate of security breaches.

12. We are fighting corruption in all facets of our economy, and we are succeeding… In its latest report, Transparency International (TI) noted that Nigeria is the second most improved country in the effort to curb corruption.

There you have it, what’s your take on these? Let’s hear it guys.

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