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We Have Surpassed Previous Administrations In Service Delivery- VP Sambo

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Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has stated that President Goodluck

Jonathan administration has surpassed previous administrations in terms of

service delivery to the people that cut across all sectors of the economy

The Vice President made this statement today in Kaduna at a meeting with

Women and youth groups in the state.
Arc Namadi Sambo said that their administration has kept faith with its

campaign promises of transforming the country as evidenced by its

unprecedented record of achievements across all sectors of the economy. He

said that when their administration came on board, the power sector could

barely generate 20,000mw but within three years they were able to generate

4,500mw of power, complete eleven thermal power plants, built 3,500km of

transmission line as well as 295 injection sub-stations in the country, a

record that surpassed all previous records added together in the history

of the nation.
In the transport sector, the Vice President said that the Goodluck

Jonathan administration was able to build about 20,000km of road network

as well as 3,500km of rail lines cutting across north, east, south and

west while at the same time reviving the comatose rail sector, which had

suffered neglect for the past three decades and train services were

brought back to life.
In the Education Sector, the Vice President stated that no nation in the

history of the world has established fourteen universities in three years,

a feat the Goodluck Jonathan Administration has achieved. He added that

one of these universities was the Police Academy in Wudil, which had been

upgraded to a degree-awarding institution; the first ever in Africa. He

added that the administration has also expended over N664billion to

tertiary institutions under the Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND)

in training and capacity building of staff as well as in projects

execution in both federal and state-owned institutions of higher learning

in the country. At the primary and basic education levels, he said that

about N297billion support fund under the Universal Basic Education UBEC

was expended adding that, in line with the President's directive that all

children of school age were sent to school, about 10 million Almajirai and

other out of school children had been catered for under the Almajirai

Model Schools and other specialized schools for boys and girls established

in the South-South and South-East to cater for the underprivileged class

in the society.
Arc Namadi Sambo added that, under the Nigerian Industrial Revolution

Plan, Nigeria has achieved self-sufficiency in cement production and was

on her way to achieving the same level in rice production and other

agricultural produce. “When this administration came on board, Nigeria

could barely produce 10million tons of cement and had to import an

additional 9 million tones to satisfy local demand. With the coming into

being of the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan, today Nigeria has become

a net exporter of cement products producing over 30million metric tons and

exporting about 11million.” He said
In the agricultural sector, the vice president stated that the e-wallet

system of fertilizer introduced by their administration has ensured the

availability of the product to farmers as at and when needed making a

savings of over N100billion to government while at the same time removing

corruption that had hitherto characterize its distribution.

On youth and women empowerment, Arc Namadi Sambo said that their

administration has evolved several strategies to create job and wealth for

the teeming youth and women of the country amongst which were the Subsidy

Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), Youth Empowerment Scheme

(YES), Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) and several

other schemes. He also added that last year, the administration has

created the Presidential Jobs Board with the mandate to create at least 2

million jobs annually for the next ten years to breach the unemployment

gap in the country as well as the Micro, Small and Medium Scale

Enterprises (MSMEs) Council to provide access to capital for micro, small

and medium scale enterprises in the country.
The Vice President however called on them to come out en-masse and ensure

total victory for the party in the forthcoming elections as their

administration has accorded women and youths the highest priority.

On their part, the Youth and Women groups promised total victory for the

People's Democratic Party in all positions contested for in the party in

the State.
In a related development, the Vice President has also met with religious

leaders from the central zone in Kaduna state where he called for their

prayers on the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections and

an end to the insecurity in the country while urging them to return to

their communities and preach on the need for peace and peaceful

coexistence amongst their adherents for it is only in the atmosphere of

peace and tranquility that they development could be achieved.

The Vice President has however assured the religious clerics that federal

government has recorded great successes in its war with the terrorists in

the North-eastern part of the country. He said that already the Nigerian

armed forces armed forces had liberated all areas under occupation by the

terrorists in Adamawa and Yobe states and seven out of the ten local

government areas occupied by the dreaded sect in Borno state.

Both Representatives of the leaders of the Islamic and Christian religions

groups assured the Vice President that they would play their part as

religious leaders in guiding their followers on the noble path of peace,

while adding that they had been consulting with several youth groups and

associations to ensure that the post-election violence of 2011 that has

caused wanton destruction of lives and property, did not repeat itself.

Prayers were offered for an end to the insecurity in the country as well

for peaceful polls in the forthcoming general elections.

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