President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has unveiled plans for eight key areas he intends to turnaround in 100 days when he takes over government on May 29 as President and Commander-In-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces.
Gen. Buhari, in his speech titled: “My 100 Days Covenant With Nigerians,” said his administration will give attention to issues of corruption and governance and thereby pledged to publicly declare his assets and liabilities, as well as encourage all his appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment.
He stressed that all political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission, RMFAC, even as he pledged personal leadership in the war against corruption.
Buhari said he will inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act, and that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, which he said has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policymaking.
He also pledged to review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative including those on remittances and remediation, as well as work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.
The former military Head of State said he will work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy, including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials. Make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the EFCC autonomous and operational, and encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act, just as he said he will ensure all MDAs and parastatals regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
He said: “All political office holders will earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission, RMFAC; Work with the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary to cut down the cost of governance. I will present a National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
On the issue of insurgency and insecurity, the ex-Army General boasted that he had the rare privilege of serving Nigeria in the military in various capacities and rose to become a Major-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. “I defended the territorial integrity of our nation. As Commander-in-Chief, I will lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians. I will give special attention to the welfare of our Armed Forces and their families; lost heroes and their families and the victims of insurgency.
“I will boost the morale of the men and women in the field by public recognition of their efforts through memorabilia, stamps, statues, regular rotation, regular payment of allowances, regular communication between the men and officers of security agencies, provision of best healthcare and housing for families of deceased comrades. I will present a marshal plan to the nation that will combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry. I will also provide the best and appropriate military and other materials the country needs to combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
“As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary, civilians and parents or the Chibok girls. My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBackOurGirls.
He also pledged to restore the integrity of the Niger Delta by implementing relevant sections of the Ledum Technical Committee on Human Capital Development, resource management and distribution, governance and rule of law, reclamation and environmental and sustainable development, as well as commit himself and his administration to the phased implementation of the United Nations Environment Program, UNEP’s recommendations on Ogoniland.
He said he will unveil a marshal plan for the regenerative development of the Niger Delta.
Buhari equally pledged to continually acknowledge equality and equity in all government businesses and activities; implement the National Gender Policy including 35 percent of appointive positions for women, as well as work with National Assembly to pass a National Disability Bill.
He said he will implement the National Health Act 2014, which guarantees financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic healthcare for all and ban medical tourism by government officials, and launch special programmes to improve availability of water and sanitation, just as he promised to review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.
On agriculture, the president-elect vowed to make pronouncements to make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital into the agricultural infrastructural sector Buhari said that every Nigerian deserves to benefit from the running of our collective resources.
“We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of funds we generate, unless there is an efficient and effective utilisation, it will only create few billionaires. Unless we fight corruption, the economy will only benefit the greedy in our society.
The president-elect promised to work with the legislature to strengthen constitutional provisions to make the meetings of the National Economic Council more periodic and predictable and its decisions more binding, and present annual report on the state of the economy to the National Assembly and the Nigerian People.
Buhari further promised to take the war against corruption to the power sector, which according to him, has become a monstrous demonstration of corruption. Despite investments there is nothing to show but few fat cats.
He said he will tackle the issue of gas availability for the proposed power plants, and emphasis alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants (Mambilla has capacity for 4,700 megawatts), wind, coal and solar. Efforts will be geared towards smaller and potable power supply. Start an accelerated training of human resources for the power sector. Work with PenCom to consider giving soft loans to power sector operators.
On youth and ICT development, Buhari noted that the youth are the salt of the nation, and that more than 60 percent of our population is categorised as being of youth age. The future of the nation depends on the brains of the youth and not on what is buried under the ground.
He therefore pledged to declare support for the appointment of young people with requisite qualification into key political offices to begin the incubation and mentoring for a successor political generation, as well as unveil a policy that all federal contractors must employ at least 50 percent young people.


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