2 years into presidency, Buhari kept 7 promises, failed 5

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The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has released its two years assessment report of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration titled: Buharimeter Mid-Term Report on the performance of the incumbent administration against its 222 campaign promises.


The CDD Director Idayat Hassan said that the two years’ assessment report reveals that five of the campaign promises have not and cannot be achieved by the incumbent administration and these constitutes “broken promises”.

“The promises include the commitment to end medical tourism, which has become a routine feat of President Muhammad Buhari, who is presently being treated in London for an undisclosed ailment, the creation of three million jobs annually; provision of steady power supply to Nigerians between 12 and 18 months of the administration in power, the building of one million new houses a year over the next decades; and immediate increase of national budget to health sector from 5.5 percent to 10 percent,” she said.

The report shows that in its first two years, the Buhari administration achieved seven of its campaign promises including the public declaration of assets and liabilities adding that the details is however yet to be published.

Also are presentation of National Anti-Corruption Strategy, establishment of a good working relationship with state governments in the conflict ridden North East, neighbouring countries and international community in the fight against Boko Haram; introduction of time-limited partial amnesty to rank and file of Boko Haram members; review of health policy; introduction of social insurance scheme; and review of structure of Joint Venture Companies and ensuring transparent tendering process, not managed by Federal Ministers.

“A comparative analysis of the performance of President Buhari in his first two years (years 1 and 2) shows significant progress in terms of promises rated as ‘achieved’ and ‘ongoing’. In the first year Buharimeter report released in July 2016, it was reported that overall performance was low, having achieved only one out of 222 campaign promises, while progress was made towards fulfilling 45 others.

“However, performance has fairly improved within the year under review. The total number of achieved and ongoing election pledges has increased from 1 to 7, and 45 to 114 respectively in year one and year two. The report also reveals that promises rated as ‘Not rated’ decreased from 179 to 96,” the report stated.

The report reveals that the government emphasis in the last two years have been on security, corruption, agriculture, oil and gas, social safety net and industrialization with no corresponding intervention in the education, health, sports and culture, women and youth empowerment sectors leading to their poor performance.


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