How Economy Nosedived Under Jonathan, Says Shittu

…corruption at Highest Ebb

By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu has described the immediate-past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as the worst government the country would have had, saying that corruption was at the highest ebb.

He made the assertion during the weekend in an interview with WESTERNPOST at Iseyin, while fielding questions on the level of development in the country, noting that while the level of corruption in the country was rising, Jonathan’s government was not doing enough to stem the tide.

The minister observed that during the administration of the former president, he failed in its responsibilities to tackle corruption under his close watch, which sky rocketed to where the country found herself at present.

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He expressed optimism that the emergence of President Muhhamadu Buhari saved the country’s economy from imminent collapse due to mismanagement and unbridled corruption.

Mr. Shittu pointed out that trough prudent management of resources and introduction of creative ideas to block leakages, the president was able to revive the economy gradually.

He described the current government in the country as one that has been working hard to restore the glory of the country by genuinely believing in its people.

In another development, the minister, irked by the incessant complaints of poor quality of service and regulatory deficiencies from Nigerians, vowed that no Nigerian telecom service provider would be allowed to short-change any subscriber under his watch.

He maintained that the various complaints of telecom subscribers across board and the challenges besetting mobile telecom operators in Nigeria are being comprehensively examined with a view to finding lasting solutions in conjunction with relevant stakeholders within the shortest time possible.

Shittu described the present economic downturn besetting the nation as a temporary setback, stressing that the telecom sector holds the ace to ending the current gloomy economy as it is set to boost the revenue base of the country and enhance job creation for the unemployed youths.

 

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