President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that security of lives and property of Nigerians will continue to be a top priority of his government in 2018.
Buhari via a statement on his official twitter handle @MBuhari on Tuesday also said he will vigorously pursue infrastructural development to set the country on a developmental path.
“Security will also continue to be a priority. We have increased the deployment of security forces, to halt the attacks by herdsmen on communities, and bring to an end the sorrow and hardships that vulnerable communities have had to endure.
“In addition to the increased deployment of security personnel, Vice President @ProfOsinbajo is also chairing a special Committee of the National Economic Council (NEC), comprising 9 State Governors, to work out a lasting solution to the issue.
“Our focus in 2018 is infrastructure: roads, our railway projects, power, and airport concessions. We will intensify our efforts, and you will see progress. In this regard we are very grateful for what the Chinese are doing to support us, in financial and technical ways,” he tweeted.
The president highlighted some of the projects to include ; the Abuja Light Rail, 25 Road Projects funded by the N100 billion Sukuk bond (16.67bn Naira to each geopolitical zone), Lagos-Ibadan Rail, and several power projects (expected to add as much as 1,600MW generation capacity, and 2,000MW distribution capacity).
“On the economy I’m pleased with the progress we’re making, the stable Naira, falling inflation, rising external reserves, rising harvests, an improving business environment as demonstrated by our rise in the World Bank’s Doing Business Index, and growing manufacturer confidence,” he further tweeted.