Hello Nigerians, here come The Highlights from President Buhari’s 2019 Independence Broadcasts…
Buhari confirms removal of social intervention programmes from VP Osinbajo’s office
The Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs) has been removed from the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. This was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 1,2019 during his Independence Day broadcast. The president said that this was done to institutionalize, consolidate and build on the programmes.
The SIPs initiated by the Buhari-led federal government is now in the care of the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development. President Buhari, during his Independence Day broadcast explained that the move was necessary in order to consolidate and build on his administration’s achievements.
The presidency, through its special assistant on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, had also dismissed viral claims that the office of Osinbajo had been sidelined and rendered redundant.
Nigeria@59: Buhari assures Nigerians of uninterrupted electricity in not-too-distant future
President Buhari has promised Nigerians that they would have uninterrupted electricity in not-too-distant future – The president disclosed this on Tuesday, October 1,2019 during his independence day broadcast. Mr Buhari maintained that his government is resolute in reforming the power sector Nigerians have been assured that they would soon begin to enjoy affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in every nook and cranny of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari emphasised that his administration is resolute in reforming the power sector. He said: “We are resolute in reforming the power sector. In August this year, we launched the presidential power initiative to modernise the national grid in 3 phases: starting from 5 Gigawatts to 7 Gigawatts, then to 11 Gigawatts by 2023, and finally 25 Gigawatts afterwards. “This programme, in partnership with the German government and Siemens, will provide end-to-end electrification solutions that will resolve our transmission and distribution challenges. The programme will also look to localize the development and assembly of smart meters as well as the operations and maintenance capabilities of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
Buhari tells Nigerians “I am pleased with the improved inter-agency collaboration between the ministry of power and the regulators in the banking and power sectors to ensure that electricity sales, billings and collections are automated and become cashless. The president said the initiatives are important to ensure that the technical and collection losses in the sector are substantially reduced. “I remain confident that Nigerians will have affordable and uninterrupted electricity supply in the not too distant future,” he added.
Independence Day: Change your lawless habits – Buhari tells Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to do away with bad attitude and be law abiding in every of their activities. The president made this known in a broadcast of his Independence Day speech on Tuesday, October 1,2019 adding that the desired change Nigerians hope for will only happen through good character. “This change can only be delivered if we are united in purpose, as individuals and as a nation. We must all remain committed to achieving this positive and enduring change,” the president said. Buhari also spoke about how he four years ago stressed the need for Nigerians to be of best attitude, saying change does not just happen, saying it is dependent on people law-abiding behaviour.
Buhari appoints George Muoghalu as NIWA boss, CLO reacts
President Buhari appointed George Muoghalu as the managing director of National Inland Waterways Authority – Reacting to the appointment, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) hailed the president, describing the appointment as the best independence gift to the people of the southeast. The chairman of the civil society organisation also urged Buhari to extend such political appointments to the family of his late political ally, Dr Chuba Okadigbo The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), a civil society organisation, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Chief George Muoghalu as the managing director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
The chairman of CLO, Anambra chapter, Vincent Ezekwueme, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He said that the appointment was well-deserved, unique, decisive and a step in the right direction. According to Ezekwueme, this is the best independence gift to the people of the southeast by the president.
“It is clear that Buhari has provided the opportunity towards resuscitation of moribund Onitsha River Port. “Muoghalu as a moralist, honest and servant leader must live up to the expectations of the president and Nigerians by being selfless and bearing social wellbeing of the citizenry. “Especially as it concerns rehabilitating decrepit and deplorable Onitsha River Port to boost economic activities in the southeast as well as give them a sense of belonging. “This indeed is a welcomed development and cheering news to the people of southeast and Nigerians,” he said.
The CLO boss, however, appealed to the president to kindly extend such political appointments to the family of his late political ally and 2003 presidential running mate, former Senate president, Dr Chuba Okadigbo. “It is imperative and pertinent to note that people of southeast will remain eternally grateful to you (President Buhari) for your patriotic and reintegration processes,” he said.