The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, says the nation has fared well under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as the government has succeeded in removing impunity in governance.
Onu said this when he paid a courtesy call to the headquarters of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Abuja on Friday.
“Impunity has no place in government establishments since the current administration came on board while security of lives and property in the North-East has improved tremendously.
“This administration has achieved a lot in the past one year, the most important achievement is his effort to stabilise the polity. All the impunity that people used to associate with governance, we don’t have them anymore.
“People now sit back and think before they do anything because they know there could be penalty, we need situation like this to effectively mobilise and utilise resources that we have in this country.
“Security challenges in the North-East have been drastically reduced, territories earlier controlled by the insurgents are now recaptured by the military and no more foreign flags flying in those places.
“Many of our people kidnapped have been freed by the military and the operation is still on.
“Before, the image of the company was not so impressive, the military were unable to buy needed weapons to fight insurgents even with cash, but today Nigeria is now the toast of all nations,” he said.
The minister said that effort to rebuild the economy was on, adding that the economy would witness significant turnaround once the 2016 budget became operational.
He therefore assured that the nation was on the right cause, saying any hardship experienced at the moment could be traced to the mistakes of previous administrations.
According to him, “the All Progressives Congress (APC) is fully in support of the president as he is fully exhibiting the objectives of the political party.’’
“ We are very happy that APC is in power. The party is giving its full backing to the president because he is carrying out APC agenda for the country,“ he said.
On electoral processes, Onu assured Nigerians that the present administration would always ensure free and fair elections to fulfill the mandate of the party.
On the economy, he said that the present hardship notwithstanding, current administration was intensifying effort to ameliorate the effects of the economic downturn in the lives of the citizens.
“ Gradually, the pains of the moment will soon be a thing of the past because we are in the process of correcting the mistakes of the past,“ he said.
NAN recalls that current ministers were appointed in Nov. 2015, while the 2016 budget was signed into law on May 6, but has not yet been operational. (NAN)