Nigerians In The North Are Eager To Re-Elect President Goodluck Jonathan—Olejeme
The Presidential Campaign Organisation of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued to take proactive steps in ensuring that President Goodluck Jonathan becomes victorious in the February 14 Presidential election.
The expression of the optimism of the campaign organisation was evident during the PDP Presidential Campaign rally held in Gombe State on Monday during when different speakers noted that with President Jonathan's soaring popularity among the voting population across the country, PDP will win more than two-thirds of the total votes cast as well as the required 25 percent in all the states of the federation.
Incidentally, Deputy Chairman, Finance Committee of the PDP presidential campaign organisation; Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Julliet Olejeme in a chat with media men at the venue of the rally in Gombe State said that President Jonathan will be victorious in the north not only because the PDP controls 12 out of the 19 states of the region but also because the citizens are pleased with the numerous developmental projects he has executed in the region.
Dr. Olejeme also noted that the various projects and appointments in the north have placed President Jonathan ahead of any other presidential candidate. “Indeed, Nigerians in the north are eager to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan come February 14, 2015. Voters in the region appreciate the direct positive impact of the numerous developmental projects executed by the Jonathan's administration in all sectors of life.
Furthermore, The Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund chairman reiterated the appreciation of the north for President Jonathan in recognizing that agriculture is the mainstay of the northern economy. "President Jonathan ensured that out of the 2.7 million direct farm jobs achieved by his administration, over 2 million are in the north".
Besides, according to Olejeme, the North appreciate the fact that President Jonathan established the e-wallet system, which eliminated the corruption in the distribution of fertilizer and other farm puts, making the products directly accessible to millions of farmers in the region thereby boosting their productivity. She added that they also appreciate the fact that silos are brimming and food pyramids are returning in the north.
In addition, Olejeme noted that in education, President Jonathan's imprint in the north remains indelible. "Today, the once relegated Almajiri boys can now go to school following the establishment of the Almajiri System of Education, the first of its kind, with over 150 special schools already built, while others are nearing completion".
More so, Dr. Olejeme recalled the increased attention to the health need of the area especially the interventions towards polio eradication and treatment of VVF among others.
Noting that President Jonathan has indeed repositioned the region for prosperity, she pointed out that the north stands to benefit immensely from the revitalization of the railways, especially the rehabilitation of the Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano narrow gauge, the Markurdi-Lafia-Kuru-Bauchi-Gombe-Ashaka-Maiduguri line and the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna, which are expected to increase productivity in the region.
Continuing, Olejeme noted that roads in the region have received serious attention under Jonathan, citing the decades-long intractable Kano-Maiduguri highway, the longest stretch in the country, which is now being successfully tackled in addition to the Abuja-Lokoja road, which is now a delight for road travellers. She equally noted that there are hundreds of such gigantic road projects going on in the region. "The dredging of the River Niger from Lokoja to to Baro in Niger State have also contributed in placing the north on a sure path to economic prosperity", she added.
Additionally she cited the acceleration of work on the Geregu power station, the 700MW Zungeru Hydro-Power, the 3,050MW Mambilla Hydro-Power among others in addition to various dam projects including the Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam, which is being built to contain flood from Lake Nyos in Cameroon.
Conclusively, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Julliet Olejeme insisted that Nigerians in the north are mindful of the fact that their collective interest and aspiration are better protected under President Jonathan, hence, the support and eagerness to re-elect him come February 14.