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Tinubu’s administration targeting higher economic growth with impactful projects, but PDP ruined Nigeria for 16 years –Presidency

Cross-Sections of Members of the PDP at the Recent NEC Meeting, in Abuja, FCT Photo: PDP/Facebook

*The Federal Government asserts the ruling party’s economic programme is attracting the attention of the International Monetary Fund, as it recently reviewed Nigeria’s growth projection from 2.9 percent to 3.3 percent, and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration is targeting higher economic growth with ‘audacious infrastructure projects’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Presidency has controverted the criticisms of National Economic Council (NEC) of the People’s Democratic Party regarding the achievements of President Bola Tinubu-led administration in less than a year in office.

After the NEC of the opposition party’s meeting held Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, the PDP had criticised the All Progressives Congress and President Tinubu, accusing the President and his party of all “its notorious inadequacies when it reigned for 16 years, until it was shoved out of power in 2015.”

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, responding to PDP NEC’s tantrums against President Tinubu Thursday, April 18, 2024, stated: “We believe the party’s NEC members must have been habiting another planet, as all the accusations contradicted the reality on the ground and completely ignored the stellar achievements recorded by the Tinubu Administration in less than one year.

“Unlike the PDP administration of 16 years, the Tinubu administration  has been confronting the problems of our country headlong, moving for an audacious reset that will firmly put our country on a solid economic pedestal.”

Onanuga contended that the positive reforms of the the current administration are already showing.

The Presidential aide said: “Contrary to the pessimism and wishes of some PDP leaders, the national currency (Naira) has become the world’s best performing, appreciating  by almost 50 percent against the Dollar in few weeks.

“Exchange rate is stabilising as a convergence has been reached between official and so-called parallel market.”

According to Onanuga, the opposition party’s contrived pall of gloom cast over Nigeria has faded out and renewed hope is now on the leash.

“Such is the positive trend  that the APC economic programme is generating that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reviewed upwards the growth projection for our country this year from 2.9 percent to 3.3 percent.

“The administration is targeting a higher growth with its plans to embark on audacious infrastructure projects, such as the Badagry-Sokoto Highway and the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.”

Onanuga equally stated: “The latter has attracted an unwarranted attack by one of the PDP leaders, blinded by the huge economic benefits of the highway project. No thanks PDP!

“The President’s economic team is doing well and no sane government, will change a winning team, that is working in sync with the advisory of the private sector, state governors and economic gurus in the country.”

The statement noted: “It was surprising that the PDP under whose watch Boko Haram was born in 2009 and worse of all, which looted the billions of Dollars earmarked  to equip our Armed Forces and the Police, could so unabashedly, blame the Tinubu administration for what it wrongly termed increasing spate of terrorism and  banditry.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy further said: “This is far from the truth. Security has improved, with fewer cases of terrorist attacks and banditry recorded.

“In recent weeks, over a thousand kidnapped victims, some whose kidnapping antedated this government were rescued by our gallant Armed Forces, without government paying any ransom.”

Onanuga said: “The PDP is advised to harmonise its home first, rather than accusing President Tinubu of trying to entrench one party state.

“President Tinubu nurses no such plan as it only exists in the imagination of the opposition PDP.

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