By: Omololu Ogunmade
The newly launched gas development master plan by the Federal Government will attract investments worth $25 billion in gas processing, transmission and downstream gas utilisation projects as well as create over one million new jobs, presidential spokesman, Ima Niboro, has said.
Niboro who made this disclosure while answering questions from journalists Wednesday, said if President Goodluck Jonathan is elected president in Saturday’s poll, he would pursue his power reform agenda with vigour in a way that would guarantee the take-off of uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria.
He also said the president would work with the forthcoming National Assembly to address the recurring problem of overhead costs in government and simultaneously ensure that developmental projects are evenly distributed across the geo-political zones of the country.
Niboro also said the president would work with various interest groups with a view to promoting rapid economic development, creating millions of jobs, developing national infrastructure and diversifying the economy.
“With four more years in office, President Jonathan will work with full dedication and commitment to carry the reformation of Nigeria’s power sector and petroleum industry through to its logical conclusion.
“Steady and uninterrupted power supply will definitely become a reality in Nigeria in the president’s coming full term in office. He will also work with the new National Assembly to address the recurring problem of high overhead costs in government and ensure that a greater quantum of funds become available for developmental projects in the country.
“President Jonathan will also ensure that the equitable distribution of developmental projects to all parts of the country remains a cardinal principle of his administration if his mandate to lead the nation is renewed. What’s more? The president remains totally committed to running an all-inclusive government that will not discriminate against any Nigerian or section of the country.
“With success in the polls, his administration will continue to work with all interest groups in the country to achieve rapid economic development and create millions of new jobs for Nigeria’s youthful population. The next Jonathan administration will work even harder to develop national infrastructure, boost power supply, diversify the economy, boost mechanised agriculture, improve rail transportation and other forms of transportation and vastly improve the nation’s educational, health and other public services,” he said.
He encouraged Nigerians to look forward to four years of purposeful and dynamic leadership, adding that Jonathan would continue to place national interest above other considerations.
Niboro further said that about N200 billion had been set aside in the 2011 budget for the purpose of road construction and with over N50 billion set aside for other transport projects.
He also said Jonathan would concentrate efforts on improving the education sector, agriculture, water resources, the Niger Delta affairs, aviation and health.
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