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Tinubu to APC Leaders: Good governance, commitment to citizens’ welfare will make Nigeria excel

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu 9in deep yellow, centre) in a Group Photograph with State Chairmen of APC in the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu assures Nigerians that his administration’s programmes on student loans, national consumer credit system, and social welfare for the unemployed, as well as graduates ‘will be truly progressive’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asserted his administration is deploying resources to critical sectors and areas of the economy with significant impact on the welfare of Nigerians.

The President, who stated this Friday, March 15, 2024, at a meeting with the Forum of State Chairmen of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in the State House, Abuja, FCT, emphasised that the country’s treasury is sacrosanct and must not be abused.

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Friday noted in a statement that President Tinubu also assured Nigerians that his government is working around the clock to improve their living conditions.

He equally urged leaders at the grassroots level to encourage citizens to get their National Identification Numbers (NINs) for planning, structuring interventions, and to achieve their full integration into various relief programmes in the West African country.

“The programme of our government will be truly progressive; student loans, a national consumer credit system, and social welfare for the unemployed, as well as graduates.

“Every Nigerian will find a place of belonging in our country. In the eye of even the biggest hurricane, we will find that place of tranquility and prosperous harmony for the benefit of all. Nigerians will all partake on this national journey to prosperity,’’ the President said.

On significance of agriculture in Nigeria’s economic growth

Emphasising the central role of agriculture in expanding and accelerating Nigeria’s economic growth, Tinubu as well told the state party chairmen, led by the National Chairman of the APC, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, that his government had already drawn up a blueprint for large-scale livestock farming, which will be activated soon.

The Nigerian leader explained: “We are bringing mechanised farming to the fore. Yesterday’s crisis will become today’s opportunity.

“Fertilizers are being supplied to farmers as we speak. Agriculture and economic diversification provide the answers to our problems.

“We will not continue to import food. We know how to turn lack into abundance, and the world will watch us do it again.”

The repositioning of the economy is a top national priority, the President stated, urging party members not to wait for an appointment before bringing good governance and exemplary civic engagement to the doors of Nigerians.

Protecting Nigerians against corruption, smugglers, subsidy regime racketeers

Tinubu said: “As we are fighting corruption, smugglers, and old subsidy beneficiaries, they most certainly will fight back.

“All those who falsified records and became losers with the subsidy (on petroleum products) removal, they will fight back.”

The President further asserted: “But we will defend our people. The treasury belongs to the people, and that sacred trust must not be abused.

“I urge the state chairmen that regardless of party affiliation, let us help citizens by mobilising them for NIN registration. Not just PVCs.

“Some are poor Nigerians who have not experienced formal education and have no understanding of what NIN is and how it will benefit their lives. We must teach them. We must care for them.”

He also noted: “Without NIN, we can not embark on social security interventions for the vulnerable. We will be making faulty moves without accurate data and iron-clad, digital intervention structures.

“I have established a committee of governors, and it is headed by the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima. It is working on what must be done to further lift our people.”

President Tinubu noted the in attaining all of these, “we need to give hope, and we are giving it to the country and our citizens.

“We are working hard, day and night, even though some agents of destabilization are present in the polity. Nigerians, with our focused support, shall defeat them.”

Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of APC, said the party is nearly set to establish the Progressive Institute of Policy and Development for the benefit of its members and the broader Nigerian public.

The Forum of APC State Chairmen also congratulated the President on his victory at the polls, tribunal, and Supreme Court.

They assured him of their continued support as his administration implements its economic programmes.

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