Six ministers were in attendance for the celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s one years in office. The event was held in Lagos on Monday.
The event was anchored by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ministers used the occasion to review the key programmes of the administration within the context of the current plight and expectations of Nigerians.
Other ministers present at the town hall meeting, which is the first in a series of others that would be held across the six geopolitical zones of the country, were the Ministers of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema; Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi; Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah; and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
The ministers used occasion to table the achievement of their respective ministries and they also used the events that was attended by all Nigerians from all works of life to be plead for patient with the government.
Aside from using the occasion to give the scorecards of their respective ministries, the ministers also used the event that was attended by Nigerians from all walks of life to plead for patience with the government.
Speaking on the essence of the interactive gathering, Mohammed said the event was not a fix-it measure but was an opportunity for Nigerians to air their views on the process of governance and created an opportunity for those in authority to meet the populace directly.
He also informed his audience that the federal government has domiciled over N2 trillion in the Treasury Single Account (TSA) since the enforcement of the policy, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“This administration decided to plug all financial loopholes through the Treasury Single Account (TSA), into which over N2 trillion has accrued so far.
“Funds that ordinarily would have gone into private pockets are now finding their way into the public treasury, to be used for the benefit of all.
“Also, about 36,000 ghost workers have been discovered and weeded out, saving the government millions of naira,” the minister said.
According to him, the 2016 budget will different from others as capital expenditure was increased by this administration to 30 per cent.
He said: “Beyond that, there are six social intervention areas that will directly touch the lives of millions of citizens and lift them out of poverty.”
The minister for information used the occasion to table other government programme which the present administration has set underway.