Nigeria’s economic future secure under Jonathan – PDP

Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the economic future of Nigeria is guaranteed under President Goodluck Jonathan citing his unprecedented performance in wealth creation as well as strategies already mapped out for continued economic and social growth in the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday said the multi-sectoral development approach adopted by the Jonathan administration resulted in a stronger economy, which not only withstood the shock of the global financial downturn that ravaged most nations of the world, but also created an exceptional enabling environment and support for investments and businesses to thrive in the country.

The party said that it is undisputable that investors and entrepreneurs in the country have fared better, more than ever before, in the last four years under President Goodluck Jonathan making the nation the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world, “a fact businessmen, even those in the opposition cannot contest”.

Stressing that “nobody changes a winning team just for the sake of change”, the PDP said what the nation needs at the moment is “an uninterrupted flow of the transformation effort which can only be best handled by a President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration, especially as the opposition has failed to articulate any workable alternative to Nigerians”.

“We restate that our nation has been blessed with the meticulous application of deliberate economic policies and programmes in the last four years under President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda. Within this period, there has been a phenomenal growth of small and medium scale enterprises in addition to the revamping of the manufacturing sector with unprecedented volume of domestic and direct foreign investments empowering our people in all walks of life.

“The fact remains that in the last four years under Jonathan, more businesses have been opened in telecommunication, banking, oil and gas, transport, aviation, hospitality, automobile, education, agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing sectors with an unprecedented expansion rate, providing business and employment opportunities for millions of our citizens across the country”, the party said.

The party observed that this was made possible by the application of a multi-sectoral development strategy of the Jonathan administration in the critical sectors and direct government empowerment interventions through programmes such as YouWin and SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme among others.

“With the huge investment in power and road infrastructure, the return of the railways and inland waterways ferrying millions of passengers and tonnes of goods across the country; the repositioning of the aviation industry, the rapid expansion in the telecommunication sector; the unequalled investment in agriculture with food production exceeding the targeted 20 million metric tons in 2015; the revamping of the manufacturing sector with automobile companies such as Innoson, Kia, Nissan and Hyundai setting up factories in Nigeria, in addition to the reopening of Peugeot and ANMACO, the future of Nigerian businesses is secure and ready to move to the next level of expansion under a Jonathan administration”, the statement said.

The party noted that the guarantee of a more prosperous future is strengthened by the Nagropreneurs Initiative of the Jonathan administration, the N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund to empower graduates and other young people to own their own businesses, the National industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), and the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) expected to generate no fewer than five million direct jobs before the end of 2015.”

The PDP pointed out that apart from employment generation, the revolution in these key sectors also guarantees technology transfer, reduction in costs and increase in investment opportunities.

The party said the next four years under Jonathan will see a maximum yield in the development efforts especially given the measures already put in place by the administration to plug loopholes, such as the introduction of the independent revenue e-collection scheme under the Treasury Single Account, an automated system for greater monitoring and control of spending in government ministries, departments and agencies across board.

It, therefore, urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and not relent in their support for the President but to fully demonstrate it by coming out en masse to vote for him and other PDP candidates in the March 28 and April 11 elections.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Premium Times has revoked my comment again after I have specifically directed that if Premium Times doesn’t like my fellows Nigerian to share my view with them, they unsubscribe me. The issue was national wealth and Pensioners are forced to surrender 10% of pension increase towards payment of taxi, Contribution of 7.5% towards pension contribution! when they are already pensioners and 2.5% National Housing Funds when pensioners are only waiting for their final home. The effective date of this policy was 017-2010. WE ALL BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • grace folarin

    One thing which is unique with the Goodluck Jonathan administration is its unwritten rule of “do much, say little”. This is what is guiding the government and upon which critics and the opposition rest their accusation that the government is not doing much. But this is not the case based on indices that will be enumerated. GEJ admin. is the safe hands that the country needs to be in. VOTE GEJ FOR 2015. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Jika

    I wonder what the future economic security the PDP is talking about.If the current economy under the watch of PDP is anything to go by,then the future is not an exciting prospect.I would rather have a change of the economic managers.

    • Tunsj

      They are behaving like a 2-year old.

  • Ibrahim M

    Biggest economy in Africa, 3rd fastest growing economy in the world, automobile construction companies in Nigeria, railway transportation, agricultural boom, exportation of rice, cocoa and others, exportation of cement, 12 new Universities built, improved health care, first country to be rid of ebola, CONFAB report implementation, Freedom of Information Bill, YOUWIN, GWIN, Women for Change and Empowerment Initiative and Youth empowerment, Benini-Ore road constructed after so many years of abandonment, Abuja-Lokoja road constructed… Damn, so many transformation initiatives too numerous to mention all. GEJ is working and remains the right man to continue leading us forward. #TransformationContinuity #GEJ4Naija

  • Segun

    Nigerian economy has grown under president Jonathan. We will re elect him on Saturday, March 28.

  • Victor Gee

    I am happy that even the international financial institutions equally agreed that our national economy has grown tremendously under president Jonathan. He is an economic manager like Obi, and he doesn’t make noise about it.

    I am hopeful that in the next 4yrs, the foundational economic gains of today would have translated into job creation, employment and economic stability.

  • taiwo

    The economy has really grown under Jonathan, kudos to the opposition party for bringing a candidate with loaded baggage and disadvantage the PDP is going to have an easy ride

  • Hon Chuks O

    I just finished watching Mr President’s wonderful display in the debate.I know understand why the grandpa ran away.Meanwhile Amaechi’s deputy has just defected from the APC into the only national party in Nigeria and planted the final nail on APC’s coffin in rivers state.After the 28th it will be goodbye and good riddance to the evil propagandist party

  • Hon Chuks O

    Nigeria is in really in safe hands under GEJ

    • Tunsj

      You are blind to really see what is going on in Nigeria.

      • Hon Chuks O

        the most blind person here is youself

  • Etang Chris

    Jonathan did so much in this 4yrs of his first tenure.

    He rebased our economy and it became the largest in Africa. He brought back the rail ways with air-conditioned trains.
    He reconstructed many of our deplorable high ways like Bennin- ore, Abuja-lokoja, Enugu-abakaliki, Among others.

    He has reduced electricity tariff, reduced fuel pump price, empowered young nigerians through You win. So many things to credit to his govt.

    He deserves second term.

  • tunji braimoh

    Deceit is something the APC so much have in common. If it’s not Aregbesola lying to his starving civil servants that Jonathan was withholding their salaries because Osun is an opposition state (even though Aregbe has enough money to spray at Lagosians during their Buhari march), it’s Rochas Okorocha lying on TV that his administration pays Youth Corpers 10,000 even when ALL Corpers in Imo can attest to the fact that they don’t receive a DIME from this con artist.

    Frankly, I feel sorry for anybody risking his life over these duplicitous, opportunist charlatans.

  • Anene Mercy

    No amount of conspiracy, noise making, deceit, lies and hateful propaganda by APC will make nigerians not to vote for GEJ. He is a good man, who is divinely selected to restructure Nigeria and put it in the path of prosperity.

  • Anene Mercy

    Metu thanks so much for highlighting these achievements of Mr president to nigerians. Weldone sir, Lia Muhammed is only causing confusion with his lies and deceits. But we are not fools. Nigerians know the truth.

  • malik shaibu


  • Etang Chris

    One thing APC noise makers have not done is telling Buhari achieved as a military head of state except jailing people like Ekwueme 301yrs imprisonment. The only crime he committed is being Igbo.

  • inuwa kate

    Jonathan will shock them on March 28. They will know that nigerians who appreciate his good works are more than those go about making only noise.

    • Tunsj

      Speak for yourself.

  • inuwa kate

    It is GEJ everywhere u go. I traveled with the train yesterday for the first time in 25 yrs. I will vote GEJ.

  • onyekaokorie

    Goodluck we know, Goodluck we will vote.

  • oluwaseyi mayowa

    The old hag that imprisoned our Awolowo the father of the yoruba man’s emancipation will never reap from us for we are not bastards.After all their propaganda in the papers they will still come to face us on judgement day

  • danjuma

    APC should accept result and congratulate Jonathan as soon as nigerians willing re elect president Jonathan.

  • Emeka215

    Nigeria as a whole is safe with Jonathan.

  • Tope Alabi R

    Nigerianas as a nation is really safe in the hands of Jonathan

  • shamsudeen sadiq

    SAI JONATHAN,north central is yours for the taking

  • Etega


    • Tope Alabi R

      i don’t know what that means but so far it is for Jona i support you

    • Hon Chuks O


  • Nwaobilor

    We talking progress APC be fronting regression, a candidate that isn’t and never will be a democratic material.

  • Hon Chuks O

    Person suffering from dementia wan come rule Nigeria in the 21st century, wonders shall never end

  • Enumah

    I see good people all over here. Let’s show them how democracy works. PDP is working.

  • Hon Chuks O

    A ‘converted democrat’ is one who subjects himself to rigorous democratic process such as attending debates and not one who runs away from democratic process.
    Democracy is a process, we don’t expect a man who has always stood in opposition to democratic norms to change suddenly, not even at 73. Don’t fall for an old snake.

    • Uzoma John

      Which debate did your Jonathan attend in 2011? With other contestants or with Debanj? You are one of those making Jonathan a comedian. Debate ko. Ike gwuru

  • faith adams

    We have to come out in mass this Saturday to make sure we re elect our prospective leader.

  • Uzoma John

    All the above posited by Metu are still promises which have not been implemented in the past 6 years. There is no achievement in all he said. How can a President who has been in power for 6 years calling plans and promises achievements. I wonder if these Jonathan and PDP e-rats can differentiate between result, achievement and mere plans or promises. No plan or promise is actualized until we see results. Has privatization of the power sector given Nigerians light talkless of improving power supply? The Innoson and co quoted above are not manufacturing anything, they only serve as an assembly for manufactured products from abroad. The NIRP and NEDEP quoted above are all plans and policies without implementation or results yet. When Metu says “expected to generate”, it is still a plan but becomes achievement when the result is known. It baffles me that people no longer know the difference between promise and achievement. All the policies and promises made by Jona since 2010 to date, how many have been implemented or fulfilled? Enough of deceit. On GMB we stand. Economy does grow on pages of newspapers, it reflects on the standard of living of the citizens.

    • felicia jones

      Let me inform you a little about some economic achievements so far.

      Improvement in Economic Indices – In October 2011 International Ratings agency, Fitch Ratings revised the country’s Outlook upwards from Negative to Stable.

      Standard and Poor’s another internationally respected and independent ratings agency, revised Nigeria’s ratings from stable to Positive.

      Signing into law the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Bill 2010 (Local Content Bill) which has increased Local Content in the Oil and Gas sector.

      Ø As a direct result of that law Royal Dutch Shell awarded a N7.8 billion ($49.9 million) contract to a Nigerian firm, S.C.C Limited, for the manufacture of high pressure line pipes that would otherwise have been awarded to a foreign firm.

      Ø As a result of this law, Exxon Mobil awarded an off shore platform contract to a local firm, NigerDockNig. PLC that would otherwise have been awarded to a foreign firm.

      Initiating the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). A seed capital of $1 billion was provided to kick start the fund as well as establish three sub funds- the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund; the Future Generations Fund and the Stabilization Fund which will be the pillars of the SWF.

      Launched the Youth Enterprise with innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) initiative on the 11th October 2011 which is the administration’s job creation centre piece.

      Ø On Thursday April 12, 2012, 1,200 Nigerian youths emerged winners of the competition following a transparent process. Each winner receives a business start up grant of between 1 to 10 million Naira.

      Foreign exchange reserves rose to $37.02bn by May 14, 2012, the highest level in 21 months.

      On March 29th, 2011, The UK Government in London described Nigeria as the fourth fastest growing economy in the world.

      On February 13 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan launched the Public Works Women and Youth Empowerment Programme, an intervention programme designed to employ 370,000 youths in the year 2012 with 30% of those jobs being reserved for women.

      The Federal Government under President Jonathan has secured investment commitments worth 4.89 Trillion Naira.

  • sofia williams

    Olisa Metuh did not just speak like a sincere politician, he spoke like a true Nigerian.

  • kingsley obi

    Our economy is not just secured, we as well are secured under PGEJ

  • kemi

    not just our economy we all are secured

  • geraldine jaja

    it has never felt this good to be a citizen of the largest black country..

    • uko bassey

      GEJ is the pride of our dear country…

  • uzo

    nigeria is safe under PGEJ

  • chinwe davis

    thats jonathan for you, more will be done, well spoken Metuh

  • emmanuel

    PGEJ is a blessing to nigeria lets vote him again

  • correct talk baba, na forward we go dey with Goodluck on the seat.

  • Olisa Metuh, i comment you for this fine speech, your perspective of thing should be shared not only with the fellow citizens but with the opposition as well, well spoken.

  • nafisat

    GEJ is a blessing…Allah ya albarkace Goodluck Jonathan

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    Good luck is good for Nigeria, Good for you, good for me and my families. I will vote him again.

  • Bassey

    GOODLUCK to Nigeria, GOODLUCK by Nigerians and GOODLUCK for Nigerians. We need him to continue in his transformation agenda.

    • Tunsj


  • Nelson David

    It is GEJ Nigerians i want if you don’t know.

  • Anene Mercy

    Can those who claim Gej didn’t do anything dispute these verifiable projects listed here by Metu.

  • Victor Gee

    I had wanted the e rats to take these projects enumerated here and dispute them one after the other.

  • Etang Chris

    GEJ has achieved so much in 4yrs, we will return him on March 28.

    • Tunsj

      You have been sleeping at the edge of your bed having bad dreams.

  • inuwa kate

    It is Goodluck against Goodluck, Buhari will be totally rejected.

  • bib

    Just like in the last six years and the Naira tumbled with the economic growth just with a little knock on the fuel prices. PDP shall be flushed out with its kindergarten understanding of economics which emboldens its govts to only loot, loot and loot.

  • Yusuf Ahmed

    The GEJ led administration has really done well so far. With the listed achievements, it stands as the best leadership/governance in Nigeria history. With an additional four years, Nigeria will expand beyond its borders with infrastructure and human resources.

  • kingjendo

    A government achievements is not evident from claimed figures,predictions and forecast but on the fact that government policies and strategies have positive effects on the lives of the citizenry, it is a shame that a country of 170 million people do not have dependable infrastructures like constant power supply, good security, good roads, trains that are 50 years old(rejected trains in India) before introduction to Nigerian train system, shame on this GEJ government, May, God deliver my beloved country from all this falsehood, please visit Morocco another African country to see true positive developments, not to talk of Europe. God will surely bring positive change to our country come 28 March 2015.