Buhari sacks Maina, queries HoS over reinstatement

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate disengagement from service of Mr. Abdullahi Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of  the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms. In a memo to the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the President equally demanded a full report of the circumstances of Maina’s recall and posting to the Ministry of Interior.

The report is to be submitted to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, before the end of work yesterday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement in Abuja. Maina was controversially recalled back to work and posted to the Ministry of Interior recently after he was sacked by former President Goodluck Jonathan over allegations of fraud worth billions of naira.

…Our achievements real, not propaganda

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration has recorded concrete achievements which are there for all to see, contrary to the opposition’s statement that the administration was running on propaganda and lies.

The president, who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday at the opening of the two-day Nigeria Governors’ Forum Conference for Media Handlers of States’ Chief Executives in Abuja.

“For our Administration, our achievements are there for all to see. We are delivering in the broad areas that formed the plank of our policies: security, fight against corruption and the economy, which includes the massive provision of infrastructure, ease of doing business and agriculture, just to mention a few,”he said.

Providing facts and figures, the president listed the administration’s achievements in ending subsidy and yet ensuring the availability of petroleum products; in raising power generation, transmission and distribution, in the massive provision of infrastructure; in tackling insecurity and making a success of the agriculture revolution, among others.

“Those who accused this administration of ‘propaganda and lies’ in the fuel supply sector, for example, did not tell Nigerians that whereas they paid between N800 billion and N1.3 trillion as ‘subsidy’ yearly in their time, without making the products available even at regulated prices, this administration is not paying any subsidy, yet all products are currently available at competitive prices and fuel queues are now history. In their time, they paid subsidy of N3.7 billion daily in 2011; N2.2 billion daily in 2012 and 2013, and N2.5 billion daily in 2014, all for products that were never available.

“Those who accused this government of ‘propaganda and lies’ also said we have not achieved anything in the power sector. Comment is free; facts are sacred, as they say. When this Administration assumed office on May 29, 2015, available power on the grid totalled 2, 690MW, transmission capacity was around 5, 000MW and distribution capacity was 4, 000MW. “As at September 4, 2017, the available power that can be put on the grid was 6, 619MW; the transmission capacity was simulated at 6,700 MW (up from 5, 000 MW in 2015), but the distribution capacity was 4, 600 MW, which was what was put on the grid. On September 12, 2017, production of power reached an all-time level of 7, 001MW.”

According to the president, it is an irony that those who presided over a budget of N18 billion for roads, N5 billion for power and N1.8 billion for Housing in 2015 are now accusing those who spent N198.25 billion on roads, N91.2 billion on power and N71.559 billion on housing in the following year of non-achievement?

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