STAKEHOLDERS’ CONVERSATION ON COMMUNICATING GOVT’S ACTIVITIES
The stakeholders’ conversation is a programme organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to provide a platform for various stakeholders in government to communicate its policies, programme and activities as defined by the current administration to citizens. It also provides a forum for which citizens can appreciate what government has achieved or intends to achieve and allow for objective criticism and scrutiny of same.
This is a continuation of a programme which was initially conducted in selected states in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria in 2014. It was indeed a worthy exercise as Nigerians from various sectors gathered at the different centres where these conversations were held to bare their minds on the impact of government activities on their lives and aired their expectations of government.
The 2015 edition which was broadcasted live on the National Television Authority (NTA) was tagged ‘Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities: A Town Hall Conversation with Community Leaders, Road Transport Workers, People Living with Disabilities and Market Women/Men’ held at the International Conference Centre on the 2nd March, 2015. It had the pleasure of hosting the:
Hon Minister Of Works, Arc Mike Onolememen
Hon. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iwela
Hon. Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment- Hon. Olusegun Aganga
Hon. Minister of Culture, Tourism and Naitonal Orientation- Represented by the DG NIHOTOUR, Madam Chika Balogun
Each minister was allotted 20mins to make presentations on their achievements in the last 4years and to also respond to questions and comments from the participants.
Government has proactively put in place its own job creation schemes under the Sure-P, YouWin programme
The graduate internship programme- 22,000 students have been placed as interns in companies and will be retained or empowered to create their own businesses (target is 50,000).
The administration has launched a housing scheme for young people 66,000 have applied, 23,000 cleared and 9,700 has been offered mortgages.
Rent to own scheme soon to be perfected and launched
Support for the creative industry 200,000 (employed directly) and even more indirectly. Grant of 3billion naira for this sector given.
Access to loans for businesses.
Pensions reforms. Unifying the Nigerian pensions system.
Unlocked funding for MSMEs e.g NGN 220 billion MSME fund from the Nigerian government
Mobilized external funds NGN 50 billion from governments and development agencies e.g. Growth and Empower programme with World Bank
Bank of Industry, disbursed the sum of NGN 115.2 billion to SMEs across the 36 states Between 2011 to 2014 the bank this represented 544% growth over the N17.9 billion that was disbursed between 2007-2010
The Bank of Industry partnered with 17 states through the state matching fund scheme in N14 billion concessionary financing scheme
Completed Financing Value Chain Plan, so small businesses can always get funding
A Bold Target of not less than 2 million new Jobs a year
First ever measurement of Jobs Created (1.2 million in 2013)
Successfully reduced number of people with ABSOLUTELY nothing to do by 2 million people
Reduced from a high of 5.2 million people in 2012, to 3.2 million people
Established Jobs Centers in 36 States of Nigeria, and FCT
Committed to creating a Jobs Center in each of the 774 Local Governments in Nigeria in next 18 months
Establishing the country’s first ever ‘Nigerian Job Exchange’
A platform to match employers and job seekers
Introduction of tax incentives for employment
Nigeria Industrial Skills and Development Programme (ITF programme) – at least 1,000 youths trained in each State Nigeria, sourced from all 774 local government areas.
Graduate Internship Scheme – This internship scheme has engaged about 200,000 people
Employment Revolution in Healthcare and Education -E.g. Over 50% of formal jobs created now in Health care and Education (i.e. to improve human capital)
National Sectorial Programmes targeted at Job Creation – NIRP (jobs in Industry), Agric Transformation Agenda (jobs in Agric), NEDEP (jobs from MSMEs), Housing and Construction, Nigerian Content etc
ROADS AND TRANSPORT
133 No. projects across the country have been awarded by the Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) led Administration.
62 road projects completed throughout the country and impressive progress recorded on others.
Travel times between origins and destinations on most of the arterial routes drastically improved.
Maintenance costs of vehicles and fuel consumption significantly reduced as a result of improved driving surfaces.
Critical stakeholders in the road sector publicly acknowledged the breath of fresh air in road transportation in our country.
Some of the transport companies, such as ABC Transport have slashed their transport fares because, as they put it, “The Roads Are Getting Better”.
The SURE-P has ensured additional funding of selected projects in the road sector resulting in enhanced service delivery in the sector.
Key projects with SURE-P part-funding are:
Dualisation of Abuja – Abaji – Lokoja Highway
Kano – Maiduguri Highway
Reconstruction of Onitsha – Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway
Rehabilitation of Benin – Ore – Shagamu Expressway
Reconstruction and Expansion of Lagos – Shagamu – Ibadan Expressway.
Construction of the Loko – Oweto Bridge over River Benue, and
Construction of Second Niger Bridge in Onitsha/Asaba.
The Second Niger Bridge linking Onitsha and Asaba in Anambra/Delta States, being undertaken by the Julius Berger-NSIA Consortium.
The Apakun/Oshodi-MMIA Expressway in Lagos State, being undertaken by CHEC Consortium.
The Lagos – Ibadan Expressway reconstruction and expansion is being funded under a variant model of the PPP.
The Ministry has also carried out Viability Studies on other select economic routes.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE NIGERIAN RAILWAY SYSTEM
Completed the rehabilitation of 2,794km of the 3,505km existing narrow gauge lines. The rehabilitation is the first segment of the 25 Years Railway Strategic Vision.
The main Western line, Lagos – Kano (1,124km) is completed and passenger services and haulage of goods restored on the route.
The rehabilitation work in the Eastern line Port Harcourt-Maiduguri 1,657km is progressing steadily with the Port Harcourt – Gombe Segment including the branch line from Kafanchan – Kaduna (1,355km) completed and commissioned.
Rehabilitation Of Railway Track Aba Refuse Dump (Eastern Corridor).
Intra – City Mass Transit
Lagos Mass Transit Train (18 Trains Per Day – about 20,000 passengers daily)
Kaduna Intracity Mass Transit Train (10 Trains Per Day – about 10,000 passengers daily)
Efforts are being made to restore the suspended Mass Transit Services in Jos upon completion of the on-going rehabilitation of the sidings to Jos metropolis while the Maiduguri services will resume as soon as normalcy is restored in security
Kano – Challawa mass transit service is awaiting rehabilitation of the railway sidings in the municipality
Intercity Passenger Services
Lagos – Kano Train Services – twice per week
Offa – Kano Train Services – once per week
Lagos – Ilorin – Lagos Train –thrice per week
Minna – Kaduna –Minna – thrice per week
Kano – Nguru – Kano Train – twice per week
Excursion Train: Highly patronized during festivities
Port Harcourt – Enugu – Port Harcourt – twice per week
Port H arcourt – Kafanchan – Port Harcourt – nce per week
Gombe – Kafanchan – Kaduna – Gombe – nce per week
Zaria – Funtua – Guasu – Kaura-Namoda to commence by the 3rd week of March, 2015
PORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
The East and West Moles (breakwaters) in the Lagos Pilotage District have been completely rehabilitated
Construction of 1.6km dual carriageway within Apapa Port Complex
Rail Rehabilitation in the Apapa Port Complex has been completed while Rivers Port Complex is on-going
Rehabilitation of Julius Berger Terminal, Warri Port has been completed.
Rehabilitation of Terminal B Warri Old Port has been completed.
Completion of phase 4 Federal Ocean Terminal at Onne Port Complex.
Brownfield (Re-developments and Expansion);
Completed and commissioned Phase 4 Onne Port Complex with a quay length of 750 m.
Works have commenced at Phase 4B (Berths 12 to 19) expansion Project in Federal Ocean Terminal, FOT , Onne:
Quay length: – 2000m,
Designed Depth: – 12m
Channel Width: – 250m
Rehabilitated 1.6km Dual Carriage Way Within Lagos Ports Complex.
Rehabilitation Of Tin Can Island Port Quay Walls In Progress.
LEGAL & REGULATORY REFORMS
In order to allow for more effective private sector participation, four transport sector Reform Bills have been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and will soon be forwarded to the National Assembly:-
The Nigerian Railway Authority Bill
The Nigerian Ports & Harbour Authority Bill
The National Inland Waterways Authority Bill
The National Transport Commission Bill
The Federal Government has granted approval to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to operate as the interim Economic Regulator for the Ports to streamline and coordinate cargo clearing processes, eliminate costly delays and cumbersome cargo clearing procedures among others.
Review of Free Storage Period from 3 days to 7 days
Downward Review of Shipping Line Agency Charge (SLAC) by 10%
Downward review of Container Cleaning Fee from N2500 to N1500 per TEU
Reduction in Progressive Storage Charge
Over 55,000 cooperatives (with 845,000 members) have been established and registered across the country, to improve their access to finance
287,000 MSMEs supported through Business Development Services (BDS) provided by the Federal Government (a 40% increase from 2011).
A 52% increase in the number of SMEs registered from 2010/2011 to 2011-2014. (i.e. making informal businesses formal) MSME programme support;
Launched the Nigeria Enterprise Development Progarmme (NEDEP),
A robust national agenda to promote establishment and growth of small businesses
Launched National Council on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) , chaired by the Vice President (first time ever in Nigeria’s History)
INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPACITY BUILDING
For the first time in history entrepreneurship studies is now offered as a degree in ALL universities in the country. Entrepreneurship Centres in all.
Converting all 23 Industrial development Centres (IDC) to MSME Industrial Clusters to provide a base for small businesses to operate
SMEDAN expanded footprint from 13 states to all 36 states and FCT,
National MSME Programmes – SMEDAN monitoring YouWin awardees; State\Local Govt Level
ITF National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP)- Trained over 1,000 youths in each State of Nigeria, every year (37,000 a year)
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES
Government engaged BDS providers in all regions of the country
Commenced program for companies and government to start buying our local goods
Focused on supporting small businesses to sell their products
Commenced the OSOP & Nigeria Strategic Export Programme, by identifying and attracting investments into strategic 13 products that will replace Oil in Nigeria, and finding markets for these products
EXECUTION OF THE NIGERIA INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION PLAN (NIRP), our national roadmap to Industrialization.
Nigeria had not commenced such an industrialization project in over 30 years.
Programmes like the NIRP, created economic revolutions in today’s China, Brazil, and is transforming eastern European countries
With NIRP, we are on track to reducing Nigerian imports by over 50% over the next 3 to 5 years
The NIRP includes the Strategic Import Substitution programme with the Central Bank, which is introducing a package of incentives and financing facilities for major investors in areas that cut down unnecessary imports
DEVELOPED THE NIGERIA SUGAR MASTER PLAN
Over US$3 billion pipeline of project investments, in over 10 different States (6 in the North) in Nigeria
On track to creating over 200,000 jobs over the next 3 to 5 years
Domestic Cement capacity more than doubled (x2) from 16.9 million tpa, to 39.5 million tpa (btw 2011 and 2015)
Nigeria became an exporter of Cement In 2013, for the first time in it’s history
US$6.8 billion invested, employing 1.6 million people
Achieved No. 1 positon in Africa in aggregate FDI invested cumulatively over the last 4 years combined
Consolidated Nigeria’s position as the most watched frontier and where companies plan to invest in future (Wall street Journal)
Built a pipeline of Investments over US$100 billion in next 3 to 4 years – From all over the World- Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the Americas