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From R-L: President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; and former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at Aso Villa,in Abuja

FG informs Obasanjo: ‘Rice importation from Thailand has dropped from 644,000 MT to 22,000 MT in two years’


-Brief economic achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in bullet points

.FG utilises Nigerian economic experts to exit recession in 2017 not by military fiat

. Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves now $40b

.FG’s full implementation of TSA saves Nigeria N24.7bn monthly

.FG saves N108bn maintenance fees payable to banks before full implementation of TSA

. FG saves N120bn for eliminating ghost workers

.FG recorded $908m, $1.8bn capital inflows in first and second quarter of 2017 respectivelly

. Nigeria’s stock market performs optimally with delivery of over 40% returns

.JAMB remitted N7.8bn in 2016 compared to N51m recorded between 2010 -2016

. Nigeria Customs Service remits highest-ever revenue collection, generates N1.1trn revenue in 2016

. National Bureau of Statistics (NBC)- headline inflation fell for 11 consecutive months to 15.37% as at Dec. 2017

.Nigeria supassed inflation target in the Administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to make it lowest inflation rate recorded since Jan 2017

.Rice farmers has increased from 6 million in 2015 to over 12 million farmers till date

.Nigeria now records bumper harvest in rice, grains, Millet, Sorghum and Maize production

.Nigeria now produces 10 million tons of maize of 13 million tons needed for human, animal nutrition

.Nigeria now accounts for 70% of the world’s yam production, targets 40% agric share of GDP from 25%

. One quarter of a million loans already distributed to artisans, traders, and farmers

. 200,000 unemployed graduates have enlisted into the N-power Job Scheme

.Nigeria has generated 7,000mw of transmittable power

. Lagos-Kano Standard rail-gauge ongoing

. Lagos-Ibadan; Kano-Kaduna rail to be ready by 2019, as entire stretch gets ready in 2021

. Negotiations ongoing for Coastal Rail covering 15 cities from Lagos to Calabar

. 25 major highways in all geo-political zones are being funded with N100b Sukuk Bond

. Nigeria rose to 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking to make a list of top 10 Reformers in the world

 (TRADE NEWSWIRE): As part of economic measures taken by President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration to ease the preasure on Foreing Exchange (Forex) and opportunity to create employment for Nigerians, rice importation from Thailand into Nigeria has dropped from 644, 000 MT to 22, 000 MT in two years of operation, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued on Wednesday provided this information to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, with respect to letter written by Obasanjo to the government on Tuesday, where he scored the administration low in the area of economy but saluted her in fighting corruption and tackling insurgency.


Treasury Single Account (TSA):  is a financial policy in use in several countries all over the world. It was proposed and partially implemented by the federal government of Nigeria in 2012 under the Jonathan Administration and fully implemented by President Muhammadu Buhari Administration to consolidate all inflows from all agencies of government into a single account at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

(MT): MT Is the abbrevation for Metric Tonne and it is also known as Tonnes. It is a unit of weight equal to 1,000 kilograms, or approximately 2,204.6 pounds.

(Sukuk Bond):  is also known as Islamic bonds, it is structured in such a way as to generate returns to investors without infringing Islamic law (that prohibits riba or interest). Sukuk represents undivided shares in the ownership of tangible assets relating to particular projects or special investment activity.

(Recession): a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.

(Inflation): is a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time.

(N-POWER): The N-Power Volunteer Corps is the post-tertiary engagement initiative for Nigerians between 18 and 35. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration. The graduates will undertake their primary tasks in identified public services within their proximate communities.

(JAMB): The full meaning of JAMB is ‘Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’, it is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions. The board conducts entrance examinations for prospective undergraduates into Nigerian universities.

(Rail gauge): is the distance from the inside of one rail on a railroad track to the inside of the other. Most tracks use a standard gauge of 1,435 mm (4 ft, 8 1/2 in)


We have read the press statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the State of the Nation.

For the record, Chief Obasanjo is a patriot, and he has proven this time and time again. We appreciate what he said concerning the Administration’s performance in two out of the three key issues that formed the plank of its campaign: Fighting corruption and tackling insurgency. Specifically, the former President said President Buhari must be given credit for his achievement so far in these two areas. We thank him for this.

Apparently, the former President believes that the Administration does not deserve a pass mark in the area of the economy, which is the third of our three-pronged campaign promises.

We have no doubt that in the face of massive challenges in this area, this Administration has availed itself creditably. We believe that Chief Obasanjo, because of his very busy schedule, may not have been fully availed of developments in the government’s efforts to revamp the economy, which was battered by the consequences of over-dependence on a commodity as well as unprecedented pillaging of the treasury.

Today, most of the indices by which an economy is measured are looking up. Permit me to say, however, that Nigeria would not have exited recession through a mere order or if the Administration had not made use of”good Nigerians” who could help.

Mitros rice locally produced by Ogun State Government  Owing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of  ‘A country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes’ to make Nigeria self sufficient agriculturally.

This Administration is making steady progress in its determined effort to revamp the economy, and the results are showing:

* Foreign Reserves have peaked at $40b, the highest level in about four years, and up from $24 billion just a year ago, even though when we came in, the price of oil had crashed woefully.

* According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBC), headline inflation has fallen for 11 consecutive months, standing at 15.37% as at Dec. 2017. This is the lowest inflation rate since Jan 2017, and it has met and surpassed the target set for inflation in the Administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

* Our determined implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) has stopped the hemorrhaging of the treasury. Some 108 billion Naira has been saved from removal of maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA. The nation is being saved 24.7 billion Naira monthly with the full implementation of the TSA.

* The elimination of ghost workers has saved the nation 120 billion Naira

* At about 1.8 billion dollars, the capital inflows in the second quarter of 2017 were almost double the $908 million in the first quarter.

* In the wake of a stable Naira and increased investment inflows, Nigeria’s stock market emerged one of the best-performing in the world, delivering returns in excess of 40 percent.

* Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, and earned a place on the List of Top 10 Reformers in the world.

* According to Q3 2017 figures, agriculture export is up year-on-year by 25%, solid minerals exports are up year-on-year by 78%, raw materials exports are up 70% year-on-year and manufactured goods exports are up 22% year-on-year.

Lake rice locally produced by Lagos and Kebbi State Government  Owing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of  ‘A country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes’ to make Nigeria self sufficient agriculturally.

* Government agencies such as the Nigeria Customs Service are reporting highest-ever revenue collection, while JAMB, under the new management appointed by President Buhari in 2016, remitted N7.8billion to the coffers of the federal government. The total amount remitted by JAMB between 2010 and 2016 was a paltry N51 million!

These positive indices may not have immediately impacted positively on Nigerians, but Nigerians will definitely get a new lease of life a short while from now. This is because the good news from the agricultural sector, which is recording a bumper harvest, will bring down the cost of foodstuffs, especially such staple as rice, and our massive Social Investment Programme will ease the pain of the most vulnerable in the society.

When we assumed office in 2015, some 6 million farmers were involved in rice production. Thanks to the Anchor Borrowers’ programme of this Administration, we have grown that number to over 12 million farmers. The result is that our rice import from Thailand alone has dropped from 644 metric tonnes to 22,000 MT in just two years. This is phenomenal.

Apart from rice, Nigeria is also doing well in other grains, especially Millet, Sorghum and Maize. We are now the second largest producer of sorghum after the US, the third in millet after India and our breweries are now enjoying local sourcing of those commodities.

Ebonyi rice locally produced by Ebonyi State Government  Owing to President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of  ‘A country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes’ to make Nigeria self sufficient agriculturally

For maize, we are producing 10 million tons while we need about 13 million tons for both human and animal nutrition. Nigeria leads the world in the yam and cassava production. We account for 70% of the world’s yam production. In two years, we hope to be the world’s largest exporter of yam! Overall, our ambition is that agriculture should rise from 25% to 40% of GDP, so that we can banish poverty and overcome our economic anxiety.

Our Social Investment Programme is Nigeria’s most ambitious social welfare programme ever. Currently, 5.2 million primary school children in 28,249 schools in 19 states are being fed daily; 200,000 unemployed graduates have enlisted into the N-power Job Scheme, and a quarter of a million loans already distributed to artisans, traders, and farmers.

Finally, our investment in infrastructure is simply unprecedented. This is because infrastructure is key to faster economic growth and development.

Here is a synopsis of what we have done in this area:

* Power Generation at an all-time high of 7,000mw and all can be transmitted

* RAIL: Lagos-Kano Standard Gauge is on. Lagos-Ibadan sector ready 2019, Kano-Kaduna ready 2019; The entire stretch ready 2021; Negotiations on for Coastal Rail covering 15 cities from Lagos to Calabar.

* ROAD: 25 major highways being funded with the N100b Sukuk Bond, and all geo-political zones are benefitting equally

This Administration is not unaware of the enormity of the challenges facing the nation, but we are up to the task. We have taken the bull by the horns, and long-suffering Nigerians will begin to experience a new lease of life as our efforts yield fruits. We will not go into a state of funk for whatever reason.

On the Herders/Farmers’ clashes, this Administration is determined to end the crisis resulting from this once and for all, not minding the fact that the clashes predate us. we urge Nigerians to have faith in the Administration’s ability to resolve the crisis, and to watch out for concrete measures in this regard.

On whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari should run for another term, it is true that many Nigerians have been calling on the President to run again, while others are opposed to his return.

However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the President at this time. This is because Mr. President spends every waking hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his Administration by successive past Administrations.

He is committed to fulfilling the mandate given to him by Nigerians in

  1. And that’s where we are right now!

Finally, we have no reason to believe that former President Obasanjo has any motive beyond the well-being of the nation in issuing his Special Press Statement. We have also taken his admonition in good faith, and we thank him most sincerely for taking time off his busy schedule to pen such a long statement.

May God Guide Our Leaders Right



Sulaiman Adenekan

A Strategist/ Publisher

TRADE NEWSWIRE (www.tradenewswire.net)

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