“Develop your marking scheme and mark us,” Jonathan dares critics; highlights successes

Nigeria says Wednesday it expects Saudi Arabia authorities to act fast and set the Nigerian women free to perform the hajj

Various achievements of the Jonathan administration were highlighted by Nigerian officials.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday challenged observers and critics of the administration to develop a marking scheme to appropriately grade the performance of his administration.

The president said this at the presentation of his midterm scorecard to Nigerians and the global community.

Mr. Jonathan said his two years performance should be compared with those of previous Nigerian leaders and other African leaders.

He challenged those criticising the performance of some Nigerian ministries under his administration to develop a marking scheme saying for you to mark a student’s script, you must have a marking scheme.

“Develop your marking scheme and mark us,” the president said.

Earlier, before the president’s speech, government officials including the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister of National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman, highlighted the performance of the Jonathan administration.

It’s all success

While highlighting the achievements, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala said the administration has succeeded in several fronts.

In order to reduce corruption in the petrol subsidy payments, the minister said, the number of petrol importers had been reduced from 143 to 32, while several billions of naira had been recovered from marketers indicted in the probe of the subsidy sector and other fraudulent importers being prosecuted.

The minister said Nigeria has reduced its dependence on crude oil as its only major export. She said crude oil export now accounts for only 70 per cent of Nigeria’s exports with the rest being agricultural produce, manufactured goods, and so on.

Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, while highlighting the economic growth said the exchange rate has remained stable under President Jonathan at between N155-N160 per dollar. She said Nigeria’s external reserves are rising, and inflation has reduced. She said Nigeria’s borrowing has also decreased yearly since 2011.

Other achievements of the administration, according to the Finance Minister, include construction of about 61,800 housing units across Nigeria by the Housing Ministry; an improvement in local cement production to about 28 million metric tonnes, more than local need; and the construction of 13 new rice mills across Nigeria.

She also highlighted the improvement in the rail sector, saying rail users had increased by over 3 million people in the last two years, while more rail gauges, coaches, and routes are being worked and improved upon.

Ms. Okonjo-Iweala said the Federal Government also paved 651km of roads across Nigeria in 2012.

The event was organised by top government functionaries including the Senate President, David Mark; three former heads of state: Yakubu Gowon, Shehu Shagari, and Ernest Shonekan; the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha; and the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Mukhtar.


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  • bashwaziri

    Which marking scheme apart from what we are physically seeing and experiencing everyday?

  • Gidi

    This is laughable…fuel subsidy thieves stole trillions of naira and are working free without prosecution, yet, Ngozi has the gut to tell us that they recover billions. No jail time for the culprits and we call this progress?

    Over the last two years, Federal Government has borrowed billions of dollars to execute various projects, yet, the only things GEJ administration can mention is 651km road and rail repair. Despite huge effort by Obasanjo administration to get the nation finance in order in 2007, by reducing debt to GDP from 68% to 11.8%, our debt to GDP ratio is getting worse and has gone up significantly (~20%) under GEJ and projected to be 25% before the year end. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan call this progress.

    Despite averaging 6% GDP growth, a function of huge government spending and high oil price, Nigeria unemployment rate is 48%. The unemployment rate among university graduate is around 70%. Yet, Mr President call this progress. A nation were GDP growth does not translate into employment in the real economy. That alone should tell you that GEJ administration only cares about top 2% in this country.

    How about corruption? How does the GEJ administration rate itself? I suppose he will give himself an A. The biggest scandal of my live time is fuel subsidy scandal. Has any of the culprit been convicted? The answer is NO.

    • lozzyfather

      when people blame the president for the fight against corruption, do you people reckon that he is powerless in the judiciary. if the EFCC takes a suspect to court, how can the president influence his conviction. read this; http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/justice-okeke-accuses-scourt-judge-of-attempting-to-influence-case-against-ibru/148720/

    • concernednigerian

      Was the Jonathan administration the author of the fuel subsidy scandal? How many people from Jonathan’s South-South were involved in the scandal? Would you not troop to the court premises to show solidarity if your brother were involved in the scandal? How many of you petitioned the National Assembly to suspend Farouk Lawan and Hembe following serious allegations against them? And where are they from by the way? Corruption is in your blood. Deal with it before criticising a President who is trying his best under difficult circumstances. In any case, his best is good enough.

      • igbiki

        Mr Jonathan or his administration were not the author rather they is the finisher of the fuel subsidy scandal.

        It all started and will definitely end under his watch and this time there is no passing the buck.

    • armrod

      Those who borrowed in the past how many roads did they give us?This man still have two years not that he is gaving his valedictory address

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Memoir To President Jonathan:Mr Ebele Jonathan sir as a Nigerian who has been observing and following every step and policy of your regime,Mr president Jonathan do not be surprise or buy into your corrupt and decietfull seneir special adviser Dr Okupe or political adviser Dr Abati deciet achievements pictures but face the reality which is that you have not achieve anything tangible in either security,roads,healthcare,employment,unity and education.
    Infact! mr president Jonathan your score card mark is outright F-9 -overall.

  • Edo

    O ti yo!!!

  • Olusegun Adekoya

    Having read the 1st five comments on this page I now see that you cannot please Nigerians. If we are to be truthful, no past leader achieved what GEJ has achieved in just 2 years of being in power. We are learned people and therefore should make critical analysis of how things were pre GEJ government and now. In just two years in power,the trains are working again thereby reducing the pressure on roads and offering cheaper options for the people. Look at agriculture, we are the number importer of rice, wheat and tomato paste in the whole world. This trend is being reversed and the plan is that by 2015 we are going to stop the importation of rice which presently cost us 1 billion naira a day. Farmers are being empowered with seeds,fertiliser, knowledge and machinery. Rice mills are being built and credit to farmers are at its cheapest rate in years. On power, the various NIPP projects are nearing completion and the privatilisation of this sector is at full speed. In education, 9 new universities have been established to cater for the need in quantity and existing ones and polytechnics are receiving unprecedented funding. The ongoing transformation in the aviation sector is clear for everyone to see and a sector that was neglected for decades is now flourishing. Roads are being constructed at unprecedented rate to high quality standard. The bids for Lagos-Ibadan express road was submitted recently and work should begin on the road soon. There is more to be said on the economy, health, port,civil service transformation but let me leave it here for now.

    We need to look/read beyond what we read in news papers that are mainly owned by people with vested interest including opposition politicians/parties. Due to years of rot, GEJ is not going to transform the country overnight but if we are being objective, giant strides are being made.

    Long live Nigeria

    • igbiki

      We are too big for his mediocre achievements.

      And verily you gotta change your name to Olusegun Lickspittle Adekoya

    • Gidi

      When you are done eating and dining from GEJ table, let us know. The NIPP started in 2005 when OBJ was in office, up till today, we still don’t know the direction of the project. More than $1 billion dollars have been spent, yet our power situation has not improved for the better. And you guys call it progress.

      Only in Nigeria will someone call a project that started in 2005 and still not completed progress. All we know is that PDP is the same party controlling the lever of government since 2005, yet they can’t manage to complete common power plants within 8 years. A child born in 2005 is in primary school by now getting ready for the next stage of development.

      In all fairness to GEJ, I will give him credit for what he has managed to do in Agriculture. At least we can see the motion and movement. Aside from Agriculture what other sector has he performed well? Petroleum industry is ripped with corruption. PIB is still in limbo. Fuel subsidy scam without culprits held accountable. The jury is still out on power privatization… time will tell. Security in Nigeria is worse than when he took office.

    • Ayulla

      Definitely you are among the looters of the Nigerian treasury.
      Nemesis will catch up with all of you.
      What ever you so you all will reap it.

  • Ndidi

    GEJ has a point. Which past ruler has done better than him? Some have done two terms and more but have nothing good to show for it. I had hopes that the new merging opposition APC would be a more upright party but they are allowing PDP politicians to join them, so they won’t be able to “rescue” Nigeria if they also lack integrity. I am now beginning to think I should vote for GEJ if he wants another term. (Last election I voted for Buhari).

  • armrod

    I do support Jonathan but he should not compare himself with past leaders because they are all failures. He should judge himself with his set goals and campaign promises lets these be his yardstick. I know that some campaign promises are just political to win vote but he should at least focus on areas that will uplift the standard of living of Nigerians. Just as what I am seeing in Ebonyi state where for the first time there is now rice milling industries producing free stone rice. If not for YOUWIN my elder brother that having been looking for job now have a business where he employ two of my cousins and this has reduced stress from me. My village now have big water scheme built by FG and many people have connected pipes to their houses. Just type Akwa Ibom in youtube and you will see wonders, it is a PDP state, we have not witness such a transform town in Nigeria. We even won African cup of nation … lol abi this one no follow?

    • Gidi

      Comparing your self to Yaradua, baba go slow, is even laughable. When the guy was running all over the country making promises, I knew he can’t keep 1/3 of the promises let alone half.

      The only credit I will give to GEJ is in the area of Agriculture…I can see the transformation.

  • igbiki

    “The minister said Nigeria has reduced its dependence on crude oil as its
    only major export. She said crude oil export now accounts for only 70
    per cent of Nigeria’s exports with the rest being agricultural produce,
    manufactured goods, and so on”

    One thing at a time please.

    Nigeria reduced its dependence on oil, how? Now replaced by yahoo yahoo boys???
    Crude is 70% of export, so what exactly are the rest?
    Agricultural produce = ,maybe Italian based Nigerian prostitutes?
    Manufactured goods = maybe busted Nigerian drug traffickers?

    Mrs NOI should be more specific, this aint no childs play.

  • Gidi

    Here is my scorecard…

    Manufacturing: C+
    Banking & Finance: B-
    Housing: D
    Education: F
    Free speech: B-
    Security: F
    Power: C-
    Agriculture: B
    Transport: C
    Health: D
    Oil & Gas: F
    Governance: C-
    Economy: C

    Tourism: D

  • femirobinson

    To all you Jonathan lovers. One area he has done very well is the area of corruption. He has pleased his friends very well. EFCC is extremely effective in letting corrupt people walk free, and those that his predecessors had managed to jail, Jonathan has granted them pardon and authority to even come back and chop some more. I’m not going to mince words. Anyone who at this time supports or sides or praises Jonathan is either a fool, equally corrupt, benefiting from corruption, or just outrighty stupid. Don’t forget, he has been substantive President for more than 2 years and in acting capacity even before that. He has no excuse for his zero performance. Nigerians should wake up and kick his ass out in 2015.

  • olumide

    GEJ, well done. Please we hope T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ seee improved report δf thses I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ your presentation next year. Continue T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ put your trust I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ God A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ enemies δf Nigeria will βε̲̣ put T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ sham. When I travelled from Ibadan T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ Oyo A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ Benin Ore road, I could ₪o† believe ♍♈ eyes that we could H̶̲̥̅̊α̣̣̥v̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ L♥√عly roads ℓi̶̲̥̅ke̶̲̥̅ that I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ this country. Now we Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ exporting Agricultural product. Please keep T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ fire burning