As the Supreme Court upholds the results of the presidential election, Idris calls on Nigerians to band together in support of the Renewed Hope Agenda

Oct 30, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

As the Supreme Court confirms presidential election results, Minister of Information and National Orientation Alhaji Mohammed Idris asked Nigerians to unify and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

The Minister said this at a news conference in Abuja after the Supreme Court of Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election verdict. Events took place on October 27, 2023.

The Hon. Minister said that the legal argument and distraction over the Presidential election outcome is over, and it is time for all Nigerians to come together and move the nation forward. Since the President took office on May 29, he has worked tirelessly to implement the Renewed Hope Agenda by implementing unprecedented reforms that are difficult in the short term but necessary for economic growth and prosperity.

Alhaji Idris said the government is aware of the issues posed by the withdrawal of petrol subsidies and the gradual liberalisation of the foreign exchange system and is taking urgent and deliberate actions to ease Nigerians’ suffering. He emphasised that eliminating petrol subsidies frees up funds for federal and state governments to invest in infrastructure and welfare programmes for citizens. He said the increasing liberalisation of the foreign exchange regime is closing loopholes and flaws that have been exploited for billions of dollars.

The Minister highlighted ten key programmes under the current administration, including the provisional wage increment of N35,000 monthly for six months to raise the Federal minimum wage, the establishment of an Infrastructure Support Fund, the launch of a 100 billion Naira CNG bus rollout, the payment of N25,000 monthly to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians for three months, and the release of 200,000 metric tonnes of grains.

There are also five Executive Orders to improve Nigeria’s economic and fiscal climate and increase foreign exchange supply, a Presidential Fiscal Policy and Tax overhaul Committee to overhaul the tax system and minimise Nigerians’ tax burden and hassles, An access-to-credit plan for start-ups and MSMEs: N50 billion in Conditional Grants to 1 million Nano-businesses in Nigeria between now and March 2024; and a new single-digit interest-rate Fund to promote manufacturing enterprises.

In accordance with the President’s goal of making Nigeria a global powerhouse for digital jobs, the Minister said the 3MTT project would train 3 million technical talent by 2025. He said the National Talent Export Programme (NATEP) will create one million service-export employment over five years and make Nigeria a worldwide commercial outsourcing hub. The new student loan programme will begin in January 2024.

The Minister stressed that the Federal Government will not surrender its duties but underlined that State and Local Governments are essential. He noted that a recent Executive Council of the Federation (ECF) meeting authorised multiple finance packages to support States’ activities, including teenage girl education.

The Minister said the administration will continue to improve civilian faith in government and public information and communication.

Some recently appointed Directors-General of Ministry Agencies and Parastatals joined the Minister in the Press Briefing.

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