The Presidency has listed the achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration since 2015.
In a statement on iisued on Sunday by the Special Adviser on Media to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the Presidency said Buhari signed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
According to the statement, Buhari had recently declared a N287 billion profit after tax by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which was the first in the over 40 years of the corporation.
Adesina said the Buhari administration launched the first National Social Investment Programme in the country’s history and is today the largest Social Investment Programme in Africa and one of the largest in the world.
He said the restoration of the federal budget to a January-to-December cycle, after more than a decade is also a major achievement.
“Finance Acts 2019 and 2020 – the first time ever that Federal Budgets are being accompanied by dedicated and specific reform legislation to support implementation. Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018: Another unprecedented piece of legislation in Nigeria. Treasury Single Account (TSA) started in 2012, expanded across the entire Government by President Buhari,” the statement said.
On the projects front, he said Buhari is the first President to start and complete a rail project in Nigeria’s history, citing the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.
He added that the President has completed 12 inherited Dam projects across the country, including Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam, Taraba; Ogwashi-Uku Multipurpose Dam, Delta; Adada Dam, Enugu; Sulma Earth Dam, Katsina; Gimi Earth Dam, Kaduna; Amla-Otukpo Dam, Benue; Amauzari Earth Dam, Imo; Ibiono-Ibom Earth Dam, Akwa Ibom; Gadau/Lafia Zigau Dam, Bauchi; Alajue Small Earth Dam, Osun; Kampe Omi Dam, Kogi (Rehabilitation) and Kargo Dam, Kaduna (rehabilitation).
Adesina added: “Petroleum Industry Bill signed into law in 2021, after almost two decades in the works. It is aimed at reforming a Petroleum Act dating back to 1969, as well as other supplementary laws and regulations.
“Deep Offshore and Inland Basin (Production Sharing Contracts) Act, 2019, amended for the first time since 1993.
“More than 6 billion dollars of inherited Cash Call Arrears now being cleared by the Buhari Administration, since 2016. More than 3 billion dollars of the arrears (payments due to International Oil Companies) have since been paid.
“The Buhari Administration has overseen the first successful Marginal Fields Bid Round in almost 20 years.
“The Buhari Administration has launched the first National Social Investment Programme in the country’s history. Today it is the largest Social Investment Programme in Africa and one of the largest in the world.
“Restoration of the Federal Budget to a January-to-December cycle, after more than a decade.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was established in 2011, and for its first seven years did not have an enabling Act of the National Assembly — Until 2018 when President Buhari assented to the NCDC Act.
“Nigeria Police Act, 2020: The first overhaul of the Police Act since it was originally enacted in 1943
“Nigeria Correctional Service Act, 2019 – overhauled the existing Prisons Act, almost 50 years after it was first enacted.
“Finance Acts 2019 and 2020 – the first time ever that Federal Budgets are being accompanied by dedicated and specific reform legislation, to support implementation.
“Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Bill (SPOMO), 2019: The first of its kind in the entire Gulf of Guinea, dedicated to prosecuting maritime offences.
“Police Trust Fund Act, 2019: First-ever legislation dedicated to addressing the financing of the Police Force
“CAMA, 2020 – the first overhaul of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) in 30 years.
“Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018: Another unprecedented piece of legislation in Nigeria
“Treasury Single Account (TSA) started in 2012, expanded across the entire government by President Buhari.”
According to him, the critical projects completed by Buhari’s administration include the Itakpe-Warri rail line, started in 1987, abandoned for decades, and finally completed in 2020