Lai Mohammed: Buhari is Working


Lai Mohammed

The greatest investment is the investment in people. It would be told years after one is long gone. This explains the words of Lai Muhammed while delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Africa Together Conference at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

He said by focusing on education and skills acquisition, the administration is addressing the need to create opportunities for the country’s teeming youth population.

He, however, explained that one of the challenges in the education sector is malnutrition of school-age children which he says the government has made major efforts to combat.
“In my country, school enrolment is a challenge we face and one of the main culprits is malnutrition. The government has stepped in. 8.2 million are being fed daily free meals in 45,000 schools.

“Not only does this increase attendance, it enhances learning efficacy in class and boosts cognitive development over the long term,” Mr. Mohammed said.

According to him, the Home-Grown School Feeding programme has yielded other results, including the employment of 80,000 cooks and a ready-made market for food crop farmers.

Furthermore, He said the Buhari’s administration is also changing the business environment for good, focusing especially on removing the formalities that make it difficult for business and suffocates innovation.

The administration has made the environment enticing for foreign investors and even for indigenes. For example,  In Nigeria, registering a business used to take months. Now it takes 24-48 hours.

Lai Mohammed listed power supply and transportation are the major challenges businesses face in Nigeria, adding that measures have been put in place to tackle the challenges.

“For instance, Nigeria earmarks 30% of its annual national budgets for capital expenditure. That means 2.7 trillion Naira has gone towards our infrastructure in the last 2 years -unprecedented in our history. Power generation has climbed to 7000MW (from just over 2500MW), to which we hope to add another 2000MW by the end of the year. We have also laid down thousands of kilometers of road.

”Also, the Government has now signed a concession agreement with an International Consortium led by General Electric. This will breathe new life into the tracks, increasing capacity and speed. Not only will this allow for goods and services to be moved around cost-effectively, it will allow the prosperity of the nation to be more equitably spread through increased connectivity,” he added.

Unwrapping the bureaucracy and streamlining processes encourage an uptick in new official enterprises.

He noted that the challenge of access to credit is also being frontally addressed by making it possible for MSMEs to register their movable assets, such as vehicles and equipment, and use them as collateral to raise loans and finance, thus removing the need for traditional assets (such as real estate, offices, and factories).


It is safe to say that the Buhari’s administration has been that the hard work is paying off and in due time, it would be evident enough for all to see.

4 comments

  1. It's a known fact actually. Buhari is doing well

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  2. Oh yes! Buhari is definitely working... Doing great things

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    1. No doubt, he is. The good works are there for all who care to see. Buhari has been good to Nigeria

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  3. A look around Nigeria will prove Buhari is working, Nigeria will get to the promised land under his focused leadership.

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