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Goodluck Jonathan promises Improved Power Supply, Jobs, Rehabilitation of Railways & More via Facebook Message

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Just as the CNN Video on the comparison between Nigeria’s epileptic power supply and the Super Bowl Snafu goes viral online, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has tried to regain the people’s confidence by sending a message via his Facebook page with a host of promises.

In the message which he posted this afternoon, he mentioned that General Electric has announced a decision to invest $1 billion in setting up a manufacturing plant to support power generation and oil production; an investment which would create more jobs for Nigerians among other things.

The message was extensive and promising. Here it is below. Please read it and share your thoughts.

Dear friends on facebook,

The determination of this administration to create wealth in Nigeria and for Nigerians has led us to focus our investment drive towards attracting Foreign Direct Investments in manufacturing and the service sector to ensure that jobs are created. And this drive is not an exercise in futility as Nigeria is becoming the preferred destination for FDI. Just last week, General Electric announced a decision to invest $1 billion in setting up a manufacturing plant to support power generation and oil production. Their plant, to be situated in Calabar, will provide jobs for thousands with multiplier effect for tens of thousands more and will make Nigeria a hub for power equipment in the region. The end result of this investment is that Nigeria’s power generating infrastructure will be expanded meaning more power for Nigerians which translates to even more jobs.

While we continue to encourage the Private Sector to help grow our economy and create jobs for our youths, we will do all within our powers to also keep our youths engaged. In this regard I am happy to report that the 600 bed Federal Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State which this administration began working on in February 2011 has reached 95% completion and when commissioned later this year it will provide jobs for 3000 people. Similar projects are ongoing in other geo-political zones and I will keep you updated.

Similarly, ongoing massive investments in the rehabilitation of our railways are being carried out with direct labour, thereby providing jobs to thousands of our youths especially around the Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Kano corridor of our rail network. In addition to the regular Lagos to Kano service, the Nigerian Railway Corporation has introduced new routes including the Offa-Kano intercity service. These initiatives are generating employment and providing an inexpensive means of travel as well as an alternative means of hauling heavy goods and petroleum products to the hinterland.

Rehabilitation works are also ongoing in the nation’s pipelines to ensure a resumption of the supply of petroleum products by pipelines all over the nation thus reducing the pressure on our roads and railways and freeing up space for hauling other products. Jobs are being created as this is ongoing and moribund services are being resumed. Just last month, the Benin Depot of the Pipeline Product Marketing Company (PPMC) was reopened after a successful completion of rehabilitation works. Products can now be transferred by pipelines to this facility.

And it is not just in the service sectors that we are seeing construction and rehabilitation. During the maiden meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation meeting, the Federal Government approved the establishment of three new universities in Yobe, Kebbi and Zamfara states. Apart from the jobs that the construction works will generate in those states, value is being added to the local economy as more citizens will have access to tertiary education with its attendant effect in wealth generation and improved health.

My dear friends on facebook, may God bless you, even as I pray for Almighty God to bless our country, Nigeria. GEJ

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

28 Comments

  1. HABBA

    February 5, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    LIES! i believe the Nigerian government actually makes money off of Generator manufacturers in China and other countries. i know Nigeria Spends billions of Dollars on Generators so if you actually believe our failed leaders i pitty you! WAKE UP NIGERIANS!

    • Posh

      February 6, 2013 at 11:40 am

      My question to Mr. president is this,” how about not making any promises and then start doing the work! when you are half way done the project or even completed it, then you come out to publicise like this.

      It is only then that people wil believe that you are actually working or fufilling your promises. Talk is cheap! Stop making promises, just start doing it first then people will see for them selves and believe

  2. the canadian

    February 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    the issue we have in NIgeria isn’t just about creating… how about maintenance… accountability… the lord is our strength… thnks Uncle Jonah… hope Aunty Humberrah is doing fine… :p

  3. www.dprodigaldaughter.com

    February 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Ok. Is it just me or is everyone else tired of promises? Talk is cheap abeg…. enough of the empty promises and do something tangible!

    http://www.dprodigaldaughter.com

  4. her

    February 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    never ending promises…….

  5. Check yourself

    February 5, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Good promise sha, let’s now wait for its fulfilment. Atleast he didn’t say anything about that white elephant cable cars! Lol!

  6. popoo

    February 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    he is a joker

  7. Anthony O

    February 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Mr. President it is awesome to note the above as I believe a large percentage will benefit like my self but I will advise that corruption be handled decisively by your administration otherwise this funds will be embezzled and mismanaged if this arsenal called corruption isn’t cubed. Mr. President, please public officers found wanting should face stiffer penalties or how do you feel when the public reacted over the FHC judgement on the Police Pension Probe? Sponsor or propose a Bill/Law for grave penalties for abuses of public funds. I believed in your government but resent events is leaving me in doubt. Just do your very best, I believe with God you will surely succeed. Good Speed Mr. President.

  8. Stephanie N

    February 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Can’t wait for the day that Nigeria changes for the better… whenever it does happen. How sad that a CNN video has supposedly inspired him to finally ‘do’ something about it. All I can say is ACTIONS speak LOUDER than WORDS.

  9. Tosin

    February 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Babe, these are not promises, they are reports. Now you could criticize the reports (too little, too late, too false, whatever), that’d be cool. I’m not anti-government, and I don’t think it’s necessary to be. Or maybe…don’t know. Different point of view. I see that if you’re working consistently on billions of dollars of investment in power, financial transparency and stuff, for sure we’ll become / are becoming that cleaner country people say they want to see. I see us already on the right (if slow) path. What do you guys see?

  10. Aragon

    February 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I don’t know what to say about this man. He seems to have the intent of being different from those before him, take for instance the slight improvement improvement in power and railways, yet his actions sometimes speak so loudly that we just can’t ignore them. Apart from the series of announcements of budgeting billions for banquet halls and madam’s house, how can one begin to explain his association and even appointment of the likes of Toney Anenih (a well known looter and serial participant in every administration) as CHAIRMAN of Nigerian Ports Authority? Yes, we know he has good intentions, but sooooooooo many things are wrong. I pray he realises his errors and leads us right.

  11. Humphrey

    February 5, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Dats gud 2 knw mr president. Many Graduates r out dia wtout job including me.

  12. davon

    February 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    why is the president on facebook? no nta anymore. please nigeria and its mess

  13. Aragon

    February 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    *improvement (1)

  14. Jess

    February 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I think someone is lying to Mr President that he gets brownie points for posting on Facebook. Lawl. You can’t keep coming on Facebook to make bold claims and not do ish, Mr.

  15. Ngozi

    February 6, 2013 at 12:01 am

    How many times have Nigerians been promised these? Hopefully, President Jonathan will ACTUALLY deliver these promises although I am already very disillusioned with the path his government has taken so far.

  16. Yewande Aje

    February 6, 2013 at 12:09 am

    lies

  17. word

    February 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    liar …………i dont even have to read it. how hard can it be to wake up one morning and decide to stabilize power within one week isnt that why you a president instead you let those generator companies make money off Nigeria !!!

  18. Africhic

    February 6, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Heard it all before (music)

  19. chuchusweets

    February 6, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Lets just wake up one day and see stable light, and on-going road rehabilitation(that will have a completion deadline of not more than 3yrs) on-going railway work. Its too painful to read this lengthy report….he just feels like he hasnt said sometin in a while and feels compelled to speak up! good talking GEJ! thats ow he went on CNN and fabued abt improving power supply>>LOLLL

  20. Doll

    February 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I’m stuck on the Facebook message part…

    I find it insulting.

  21. Odine

    February 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

    This country is an absolute joke but beyond that, our leaders are real life jesters!

  22. hassan

    February 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    pls mr jonathan,make us proud or u disgrace urxelf

  23. Moi

    February 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I just read some posts and cant help but laugh. We Nigerians are just too Ignorant, we sit back and await Mr president to do everything. Even Mr President will come and clean in front of our houses on sanitation days….smh. Lets Look at the developed countries and see how things work. What makes a good country is mostly the people, we the citizens need to sit up and look inwards cos each and everyone of us have a role to play to make Nigeria better. Some people dont even pay taxes, Electricity and water bill and what have you, then from where do we expect revenue to be generated. I’m not saying Mr President is always right with his decisions but he needs to be supported in any way we can to move the country forward.
    Speaking of Power,we havent had power years now and we expect magic in just a few years. Mr President is trying, only we can only see little results cos some of these projects take time.

    The major issue i see that hasnt been tackled is our legistlature. There are no strict laws guiding peoples actions. People should be able to pay squarely for their crimes. Those in Govt will not embezzle funds if they know they will definitely pay for their actions.
    Lets hope Mr President gets it right and pray whoever succeeds him will do much better.

  24. ij

    February 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    he will have to forgive us for not breaking out the party blowouts, too much talk and no action

  25. splendid.....iyke

    February 7, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Well 4 promises we have Heared so many unfufilled promises……we need actions…….4 light if bribery can stop then we r assured of standby n steady power supply………4 job opportunity 80% of nigs r jobless bc d power hungry men sitin on fat bank account enjoyin d resources of millions of peopl

  26. Anthony O

    February 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    …Well spoken folks but don’t you think our negative words are even capable of dampening the will, life, progress, image and leadership of our country? We are all bitter as I am and expressed earlier but NOW let’s do one thing right by at least encouraging him regardless of what the present situation is. Just an opinion, Think!

  27. longwal D.Gulesh

    March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    God bless Nigeria! The natural law made it clear that the result of hard work is success,so let our president (goodluck) be practically realistic in his word than a mere commentators, to full people with word that can never come into reality.May God see you through.Be bless

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