Asaba - Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had fulfilled his campaign promises to Nigerians.
He said the areas where the presidency had fulfilled its promises included the investment in the power sector, road construction, railways, job creation through Subsidy Reinvestment Programmes (SURE-P), among others.
Maku said this at the SURE-P sensitisation and appraisal visit of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, in Asaba.
He said that the president had demonstrated good leadership qualities and sincerity.
He added that the policies of Mr President were geared towards developing the country by creating opportunities for investment and providing employment for the people, especially the youth.
According to him, it was during Jonathan’s tenure that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew more than that of any country in Africa.
He said the country currently received more foreign investors than any other on the continent, adding that Nigeria by 2025, had been projected to be the richest country on the continent.
The minister gave the assurance that the Federal Government was addressing the issue of power and would be inaugurating some of its power projects before the end of the year.
He also said the ongoing East-West Road project would be completed by the end of 2014.
Maku said the SURE-P programme alone had impacted on no fewer than 3,000 persons in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
He urged Nigerians to listen to the president’s score card presentation on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) on May 29, as the country marked its Democracy Day.
“The president has done so much and he deserves to be given another chance to complete what he started.
“This is the first time someone from the South-South and a minority has been given a chance to rule this country, we have to give him chance to succeed.
Maku also appealed to traditional rulers in the south- south zone to pray for the peace and security of the country, adding that security had been a major challenge facing the country in the last few years.
"In the last three years, the country has invested trillions of naira on security, this money could be used for the development of the country.’’
“So, we need to support Mr President and also pray for Nigeria,” he said.
The traditional rulers who were represented by Ovie of Uwvie Kingdom, Emmanuel Ekemojeya, appealed to the Federal Government to create more awareness of SURE-P programme for better result.
Some of the beneficiaries thanked the president and the facilitators of the programme and called for an upward review of the N10,000 stipend paid to them.