President Buhari has not met expectations of most Nigerians – Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari has not met the expectation of most Nigerians.
Addressing journalists in Awka, Anambra State, on Monday, the Minister said despite Buhari’s inability to meet the expectations of Nigerians, he feels fulfilled.
Ngige noted that he will give Buhari a pass mark for his efforts in turning the tide around since assuming office two years ago.
Assuring that the Federal Government was committed to the development and welfare of the people, Ngige urged Nigerians to be patient and have hope in the current government.
He said the federal government had within the two years, annihilated Boko Haram, reduced corruption, managed the economy and ensured the welfare of citizens as guaranteed in section 14 of the constitution.
The Minister observed that people are complaining because there is no free flow of money anymore, no leakages for corrupt people to take money and spend.
According to Ngige,“I feel fulfilled even though the expectations of Nigerians have not been met.
“I feel that President Buhari has scored a pass mark within the resources available; special circumstances of terrorism; militancy in the Niger Delta; global oil price slash; and lower oil output.
“People are complaining that the price of food has gone up. Yes, these things you should expect when you do what is called a shock therapy on any economy or system of government.
“Nigeria was producing 2.2 million barrels a day as per OPEC quota, but for most part of 2016, at least for three quarters of 2016, we were producing 1.2 million barrels and the prices fell from 100 Dollars per barrel to 35 Dollars per barrel.
“Unfortunately, the recession had to creep in because it is one of the fallouts of a very badly managed economy that is dependent and based on only oil.”
He insisted that the efforts of the Federal Government in combatting recession were yielding results in the area of agriculture and mining among others.
“I am happy to tell you that with the statistics we have got now, Nigeria’s economy is no longer contracting.
“It is growing and by the predictions of economists, members of the economic team and CBN as well as that of the World Bank, Nigeria will come out of recession by the third quarter,” he added.