ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers performed in first year (Part 3)

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In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements.

Read our first part here and second part here.

In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements.

Ministry: Industry, Trade and Investment

Minister: Okechukwu Enelemah

State Minister: Aisha Abubakar

Promises:

-To promote the diversification of the nation’s economy predicated on industrialization

-Create enabling environment for industry, trade and investment where government will act as a partner to business and not a competitor.

-Improve the Ease-of-Doing business in Nigeria;

-Implement the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan launched in 2012 by the Jonathan administration.

-Commitment to SMEs and the disbursement of micro-credit loans to 1.6 million to traders, artisans, farmers and young entrepreneurs in the country. 

 

Achievements:

-The ministry through the Bank of Industry (BoI) said it disbursed N95 billion to 400 enterprises in the first half of 2016. BoI also started implementing the N140 billion Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

-BoI also approved N426 million for disbursement to 253 members of the National Youth Service Corps under its Graduate Entrepreneur Fund Programme.

-Set up the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) to focus on making Nigeria more attractive for investment.

-The CBN reported that Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria increased by $673.95 in the second quarter of 2016. For instance, Nigeria attracted $6 billion in new investments from China.

-Ministry is developing a diversified export base and a solid base of domestic manufacturing.

-Proposes a draft national policy on biofuel production and distribution to be signed into law soon. Part of the incentives include setting up of an appropriate funding arrangement of up to $100 billion for the establishment of a Biofuel Industry Equity Fund by the federal government.

Failures

-At least 272 companies – manufacturing outfits and 222 SMEs – have closed shops in the last one year leading to loss of 18,000 job loss, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

-MAN also said no fewer than 41 essential raw materials for many manufacturers across the sectors can no longer be sourced locally.

-Imports increased unabated. Nigeria’s imports are in the region of $14.54 billion. Commodities imported include food, machinery, chemicals, transport, equipment, manufactured goods and live animals.

-The World Bank’s Report on Ease-of-Doing-Business in Nigeria showed that she moved further down Number 182 out of 189 countries assessed in 2016. She had ranked 169 out of the same number of economies in the last quarter of 2015.

-Nigeria recorded a NGN 29.4 billion trade deficit in June, swinging from NGN386 billion surplus a year earlier. Export declined 26.7 per cent year-on-year to NGN727 billion and imports went up 24.8 per cent to NGN757 billion.

-The NBS reported that Nigeria economy recorded a total decline of $2.1 billion in inflow in the first 12 months of the Buhari administration

Score: Average

12) Ministry: Science and Technology

Minister: Ogbonnaya Onu

Promises:

-.Close technological gaps to advance national development

To make Nigeria self-sufficient in meeting the challenges of daily living

-Put all structures on ground to ensure that Nigerian astronauts land in space on or before 2030

-To make Nigeria begin to manufacture pencils in 2017

-Organise the first National Science and Technology competitions for the 774 LGAs in the country.

-Pursue the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by 2030

-Create employment and empowering the youth to make meaningful contributions to national development.

Achievements

-The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) commenced the provision of In-Orbit Test (IOT) service for the Belarus National System of Satellite Communications and Broadcasting called Belintersat. The service would rake in $6 million for Nigeria for the 15-year period it would last.

-The ministry now helps inventors to pay for their patents to encourage more Nigerians to tread the path of innovation and invention

-Signed MoU with NASCO Foods Limited for commercial production of high density biscuits for the National School Feeding Programme

-Commissioned a technical research into the Zika Virus which has been in Nigeria for 60 years without harming anybody. The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) was asked to conduct the research into the strain to guide the country.

-Promotion of the use of Made-in-Nigeria goods by directing all 17 agencies under the ministry to patronize INNOSON vehicles as well as other local manufacturing companies

Failures

-Low patronage and encouragement from government for inventors

 –Nigeria’s automotive industry yet to compete favourably with foreign companies though the minister blames it on the absence of research and development.

-Absence of synergy between government, private sector, research and development institutions and the absence of a strong research leadership drive at all levels

-Diversification of the sources of energy to forestall a setback by a single energy yet to be effected.

Score: Below Average

13: Ministry: Communications

Minister: Adebayo Shittu

Promises:

To make the communication sector a springboard for industrial and administrative revolution.

-To evolve a policy that will engage the use of ICT in the nation’s universities and polytechnics, which can generate a lot of income for government

-Reposition NIPOST to generate more revenue

-To convert the Digital Bridge Institute into Multi-campus ICT University, the first of its kind in Africa.

-To implement the roadmap for the communication sector and promote e-government

Achievements:

The telecommunications sector increased Nigeria’s GDP by 8.7 per cent in 2015, generating spill overs with uptakes in financial transactions technology and payments systems, E-commerce facilitation and proliferation of transport services

-The Ministry generated over N500 million from Radio Licensing

Unbundled the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) Limited into five entities to make it commercially viable and compete with the other information and communications technology (ICT) companies operating in Nigeria’s emerging electronic commercial sector. The entities include NIPOST Banking and Insurance e-Services, NIPOST Property and Development Company, NIPOST Transport and Logistics Services, NIPOST e-Commerce Services and so on.

-Inaugurated four special anti-corruption postage stamps created by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), to wage total war corruption.

 –Chinese investors brought in $15 billion in the ICT sector, which will ultimately create about 2000 jobs.

 Failures:

-Nigeria lost about N700 billion as MTN is to pay only N330 billion out of the N1.03 trillion it was fined for failing to disconnect subscribers not properly registered. MTN is to pay the money within three years.

-Nigeria still loses about N78 billion annually to cybercrime

-Nigerians mobile phone users still plagued by unsolicited messages and forced to pay for unsuccessful services and drop calls as the NCC cannot sanction defaulting Telecom companies.

Score: Below Average
14) Ministry: Information and Culture

Minister: Lai Mohammed

Promises:

-To restructure, reinvent and retool NTA, FRCN and other federal government-owned media in order to position them to compete favourably with other broadcasters. This is to ensure they provide compelling contents that would make them attractive to viewers and advertisers.

-To ensure that no public media organisation denies access to the political opposition

-Embark on “Buy Nigeria Campaign” to raise awareness on local content

-Ensure growth of the film industry and complement the efforts of the professionals who built the industry from the scratch

-Pursue the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting by July 2017

-Turn around the creative industry which encompasses music, film production, advertising, arts and culture, to create one million jobs in three years.

-Make culture the bedrock of Nigeria’s economy. To encourage public and private sector participation and partnership.

–To review the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) document with a view to fast-tracking its passage into law. It is aimed at helping to regulate the Nollywood and make it play meaningful role in national development.

Achievements

-Initiated the “Change Begins With Me” programme to change the attitude of Nigerians for better and sanitise the society.

-Launched a pilot scheme in Jos as parts of efforts to meet the deadline for Digital Switched Over, DSO. Also licensed 13 set-top box manufacturers and their factories commissioned.

-Began the process of making public-owned media credible and their staff more professional as well as ensuring editorial independence of the media. In doing this, the minister began by initiating a partnership between the FRCN and the BBC to help build capacity of the corporation’s staff.

-Signed a MoU with the Tony Elumelu Foundation to transform the creative industry into a profitable one and Nigeria’s greatest assets and revenue sector.

-Secured the assistance of Japan and France to develop capacity in production of animation and children films. The Canadian government also offered to sponsor the training of about 1000 film makers on animation.

–Set up a Ministerial Committee on the Review of the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria. This is aimed at regulating the Nollywood.

-Despite Nigeria’s GDP contracting to -0.36 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, the entertainment and recreational sector showed a growth of 8.4 per cent, according to NBS.

Failures

-Lied to the nation that the APC-led federal government had fulfilled all its campaign promises to Nigerians. He stated this while speaking on Channels Television last May during the one year anniversary of the Buhari administration. He said, “It has been very challenging, very fulfilling, but I must say with all sense of modesty that we have fulfilled all our pledges.”

-Yet to adequately address government’s involvement in the tourisms sector. The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FIAN, says it still takes a long time for tourism investors to get approval from government and that is why progress is not being made.

-Controversial N13.1 million loan he demanded from the National Broadcasting Commission to embark on a trip to China. Critics claimed the minister has been stinging the 15 agencies and commissions under the ministry for loans.

– Only two Nigerian sites – Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa – are recognised by UNESCO.

Score: Average

15) Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

Minister: Mohammed Bello

Promises: Take Abuja to greater heights and make it a better place than he met it

-Pursue the development of the satel­lite towns and improve upon the road networks and transportation system

-Pledged to complete the Karshi-Apo Road to decongest the Abuja-Keffi Road and promised to pay the contractor outstanding N324 million.

-To build 400 units of houses every year to close the housing deficit and provide affordable accommodation for the workforce.

-To be fair in allocating plots earmarked for religious worship centres in the Abuja Master Plan.

-To create 10,000 jobs by the year 2020.

-To make the Abuja rail system operational in the last quarter of 2017.

Achievements:

-Commissioned the Inter-Basin Water Transfer Project from Gurara Dam in Kaduna State to the Lower Usuma Dam, in Abuja through a three-meter diameter pipe covering about 75 kilometres, to improve water supply.

-Inaugurated the new management team of AEPB after he dissolved the previous management over a N9.8 billion debt owed to the board as well as non-performance.

-Gave bailout of N1.6 billion to the six Area Councils to settle the salaries owed their staff.

-Moved the Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD) to Karshi to bring it closer to the rural people that the department is meant to serve.

-Offset N2 billion owed to cleaning and maintenance contractors by previous administrators to enable them return to evacuate solid waste.

-Suspended 13 officers undergoing prosecution by EFCC

-Ordered end to cattle grazing in Abuja

Failures:

-Deplorable condition of roads in all the satellite towns

Inability to clear heaps of garbage which have overtaken some major streets in the satellite towns and some areas in the city centre

-Most traffic lights in the city are not working, endangering the lives of motorists and other road users

-Has no clear plan on how to provide potable water for the satellite towns in Abuja

Score: Below Average

16) Ministry: National Planning:

Minister: Udoma Udoma

State Minister: Zainab Ahmed

-Promises:

-To revise the ’20-20-20′ economic development plan inherited from the previous administration

-To send the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly early October 2016. “Our intention is that the budget should reach the National Assembly early in October to give them enough time to pass the budget before the end of the year,” the minister said.

-To unveil a policy that will galvanize national support for Made-in-Nigeria products. This is aimed at strengthening the economy and positioning the nation for self-sufficiency.

 Achievements:

-Started work on 2017 budget early and got approval for a timetable for the budget, noting: “As we are finishing with this budget we are starting on 2017.”

-Initiated bilateral meetings with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as a way of providing technical support to improve the quality of their submission, preparatory to their formal response to the 2016 budget call circular

Failures

-Poor preparation of the 2016 budget which was trailed by several controversies

-Shoddy preparation of the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper causing the Senate to reject it. The legislature described it as “empty.”

-Failed to organize the 2016 national census

Score: Below Average

17) Ministry: Environment

Minister: Amina Mohammed

State Minister: Ibrahim Jibrin

Promises:

-To encourage use of recycled materials in the country.

-To ensure industries reduce pollution and other hazards that may contribute to climate change and its effects.

-To diversifying the nation’s economy by reclaiming deserts for agricultural purpose.

-To launch a clean and green programme in order to address the menace of indiscriminate disposal of plastics and polythene bags.

Achievements:

-Commenced the Clean-up of the Ogoni environment in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations.

-Unveiled new technology that would aid in rapid response to oil spills and prevent the further degradation of the environment.

-Initiated collaboration with NiMET and put in place other mechanisms to respond to future incidence of flooding in the country.

-Sustained reduction of floods across the country

Failures

-Solid waste management remains a challenge as the country still collects 20-30% of the 3.2 tons of waste it generates annually.

-About 1.5 million trees are cut daily in Nigeria, thereby creating room for desert encroachment and over 576 million trees were lost annually due to deforestation.

-The menace of erosion, desertification and deforestation on the rise with little response from the ministry

Score: Below average


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  • Pirofessor2016

    Editor Premium Times,

    How Muhamadu Buhari under-develops Nigeria

    Just two (2) months ago,
    President Buhari led .a Nigerian delegation to a meeting with American
    counterparts. President Buhari was telling Obama irrelevantly that rains have
    been so plentiful in Nigeria that there would be bumper agricultural harvest in
    Nigeria this year. President Obama just nodded at the irrelevant talk of
    President Buhari, since rains are not achievements or a result of any policy
    thinking. Now see.

    Two months later the office of the same President Buhari
    issued a public statement that Nigerians should prepare for the worst famine in
    the country from the end of the year. I can imagine President Obama shaking his
    head in disgust at how a country under a sensible president could ever turn 360° from
    bumper harvest to outright famine within 60 days.

    Obama need
    not wonder. Muhamadu Buhari is a grand failure. He has no administrative
    skills. He cannot plan and hardly thinks. The proof that Buhari is a failed
    president is so glaring. His choice of aides, advisers and Ministers makes
    worse nonsense of Nigeria. Now, Nigerians cry and bemoan Buhari’s public
    communications team for having zero or less skills to communicate sensibly and
    be believed. President Buhari who heads that communications team is the worst
    public communicator in Nigeria; not just for stuttering and stammering, and
    falling over his words, but for telling lies all over the place like a child
    without home training.

    • Pirofessor2016

      ….(2)How Muhamadu Buhari under-develops Nigeria

      President Obama need not
      not wonder. Muhamadu Buhari is a grand failure. He has no administrative
      skills. He cannot plan and hardly thinks. The proof that Buhari is a failed
      president is so glaring. His choice of aides, advisers and Ministers makes
      worse nonsense of Nigeria. Now, Nigerians cry and bemoan Buhari’s public
      communications team for having zero or less skills to communicate sensibly and
      be believed. President Buhari who heads that communications team is the worst
      public communicator in Nigeria; not just for stuttering and stammering, and
      falling over his words, but for telling lies all over the place like a child
      without home training.

      • I just dey ask

        YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT FAIR TO MUHAMADU BUHARI. YES, HE LIED ABOUT BUMPER HARVEST.
        DOES THAT MEAN THAT MUHAMADU BUHARI IS NOT A HONEST MAN, BECAUSE HE LIED ONCE?
        DOES THAT MEAN MUHAMADU BUHARI IS CORRUPT BECAUSE HE TOOK ONE BILLION NAIRA TOO?
        THE ONE BILLION BUHARI TOOK FROM THE TREASURY IN JULY 2015 WAS GIVEN TO GEN. MARWA.
        DOES THAT SIMPLE SOMETHING MAKE MUHAMADU BUHARI A CORRUPT MAN? i dey laugh O, hahaha!

  • Sho

    MUHAMADU BUHARI IS THE REAL PUBLISHER OF PREMIUM TIMES; WHILST PREMIUM TIMES IS A MUJAHEDIN

    MEDIA HOUSE WHERE HIJAB IS COMPULSORY FACE VEIL FOR ALL THE JOURNALISTS IN THE NEWSROOM;

    AT THE GATE AND IN THE STAFF CANTEEN; FOR WHERE HIJAB IS COMPULSORY, THERE, BUHARI IS ALSO.

  • Bros Edwin

    Look, look,
    this thing don tire me O. Premium Times too cannot write straight again. What’s
    going on, what’s all this nonsense? Premium Times is writing BELOW AVERAGE.
    What’s the meaning below average when Nigerians are hanging from rope they tie
    to the ceiling in suicide and dying from jumping into the rivers by drowning
    suicide? What is below average in that one? Nigerians have been mssed up by
    President Buhari’s ignorance. There’s no below average in that one. This is a
    clear case of FAILURE. Premium Times must go and buy good dictionary today and
    publish the right word to describe this useless Buhari regime. FAILURE has no synonym.

    Just write it. Write the right thing, Muhamadu Buhari is a big FAILURE okay?

    • holy warrior

      ……..I want Premium Times to show me any Buhari Wasc/Gce certificate before close of work today…….
      …………………Premium Times has been covering this thing up for 20 months now…..enough is enough…….
      I am not a peaceful somebody…..I can do and undo…….if Premium Times does not show me this thing……
      …………before close of work today…..there’s nothing I cannot do to all the workers of Premium Times…….
      ………I am sick and tired of living under the lies and lies of President Buhari…..where is his Wasc/Gce?……….

      • Charles

        you cannot read it, it is written in Arabic and badly stain that student of Arabic cannot even read it.

    • Ugohmillenium

      Bros Edwin, You are wrong. Premium Times is right. There is a grade called below average. It is a
      halfway house between disgraceful failure and looming failure. It is usually awarded in American Colleges
      as warning sign to students performing close to a failure rate to notify them of probable expulsion if symptoms persist. Buhari’s Ministers were correctly graded as below average by Premium Times.

      I must say however that
      i regret to learn from you that Nigerians have been committing suicide as a result of Buhari’s policy failures. It suggests that the below average grade awarded by Premium Times to Buhari’s Ministers is only a percentage
      point above downright failure.

  • B. Messi

    Buhari waited for SIX MONTHS to appoint ‘below averave'(F9) ministers??

    • ph.d skolar

      @B.Messi:

      Why President Donald Trump must ban Hausa/Fulani Muslims

      President Muhamadu Buhari is not worth talking about. He’s a waste of space and a misfit as president;
      without adequate learning or the requisite mental skills. I just want to chip in advice for the President of
      United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump, who is worth talking about. President Obama must not be
      deflected from his clear-headed definition that Islamist terrorists are the enemies of the rest of humanity.
      I was proud of Donald Trump’s clarity of thought on that point. The threat to the world is not just TERROR
      in the abstract, no, it is ISLAMIST TERRORISTS.

      Muslims should be held as a suspect group for that reason. Donald Trump is correct. What Donald Trump has
      to do now is to designate northern Nigeria as the third most dangerous region in the world. The Boko Haram Islamist terror is only an aspect of the mad Muslims running amok in northern Nigeria. There are other sleeper
      cells, including affiliates of Al Qaeda in the Sahel.

      Donald Trump should declare as foreign policy that reciprocity is equity and so, Muslims in regions of the world who impede the peaceful assembly of non-Muslims and Christians in their own religious observance should be denied entry visa into the United States of America. Hausa/Fulani Muslims and their Kanuri neighbours hinder freedom of expression of non-Muslims and they deserve outright ban from America.

      • Xobrandy

        THERE IS NO WAY DONALD TRUMP CAN LET THE HAUSA/FULANI CONTINUE WITH SAVAGERY,
        AND CLAIM TO BE IN SPORT, THERE IS NO WAY! THE HAUSA/FULANI/KANURI ALLIANCE IS AN
        AXIS OF EVIL IT MUST BE SMASHED ONCE AND FOR ALL BY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
        BARACK OBAMA WAS A HYPOCRITE TO SAY HE WAS ONLY FIGHTING TERRORISM BUT NOT
        ISLAMISTS. THAT IS WHY OBAMA FAILED. DONALD TRUMP WILL BOMB MUSLIM TERRORISTS.
        NORTHERN NIGERIA IS NUMBER ONE REGION WITH HIGHEST MURDER RATE FROM MUSLIMS.

        • ???????????

          @ismaila_katakore:disqus

          President Buhari picked Audu Ogbeh – a graduate of French language as the Minister

          of Agriculture of Nigeria. Why are you people surprised that famine is coming to Nigeria

          latest by January 2017, when Nigerians will start cooking house rats if all else is scarce?

      • O’ Jose

        “No sensible president continuously travels round the globe while his

        country, Nigeria, is in terrible hardship and economic mess. It can only happen

        in Nigeria where all that matters to the President (Buhari) is the full introduction of

        Islam, annihilation of his political opponents and the absolute extermination of

        the people of [Igbo] the old eastern Nigeria. Buhari, prior to his questionable

        victory at the polls as the president of Nigeria, made lots of promises which he

        has obviously failed to keep and in most cases denied.”

        ………….Donald Trump

        (President-elect of U.S.A)

  • Sanssouci

    One of the so-called achievements of FCT minister is “Suspended 13 officers undergoing prosecution by EFCC”
    If that’s an achievement for a minister in charge of our Federal Capital, then even his “Below Average” ranking is a big fat joke. It means PT Editor u tried die to find something positive that simply is not there, are u afraid of the words “TOTAL FAILURE INCOMPETENT”? That chap represents the tragedy of this regime, thinking that simply bringing in “Non Corrupt” people is a solution to any problem. Vision and expertise is what makes leaders, I wish PT could juxtapose El-Rufai’s accomplishments in the FCT with this charlatan… same thing with Customs, bringing in a “no nonsense” outsider to do governance by trial and error, and naively think that’s the solution. Despite all the accusations of corruption against the former boss Dikko, check his revenue record from 2009 to 2015, why didn’t Hameed Ali quadruple the revenue if all it took was to stamp out corruption? Corruption is a big problem agreed but vision-less unimaginative leadership is what is really killing us.

    • Omoba1

      Corruption is a big problem, but vision-less unimaginative leadership is what is really killing us – GBAM!!!

  • SAM .A

    Good job , PT keep it up . This is how to demand accountability from our super servants called Ministers. Thanks for giving us their score board ,their successes and area of failures . Hope they will improve on the areas where they have failed by year . Bravo PT.

  • Shamsuddeen Shehu Saeed

    If oda ministry a’r trialing,ministry of education is n’t trialing at oul bcos Adamu Adamu dn’t deserved 2b a minister he is gready person,selfsh&low managerial ruler wid low quality dis what lead 2 ASUU Strik increasing sch fee in fed govt secondary & he is not ready 2 help dis govt rather 2 spoil it & bring back bone,there 4 buhari need 2 remove pple like Adamu Adamu bcos he n’t ready 2 help d north & Nig at large.

  • Shamsuddeen Shehu Saeed

    I belief if u’r going 2 take statestic of minister in Nig Adamu Adamu Will get F9