The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party over its criticism of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) administration, claiming that All Progressives Congress has nothing to campaign with in the 2023 general elections.
Mohammed spoke on Monday at the second edition of PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 series in Abuja.
The minister condemned the PDP for engaging in “a deliberate campaign of calumny and falsehood” on the achievements of the APC-led administration.
Describing the comment of PDP as “absurd” the minister said, “I want to address what I will call an absurdity that is being bandied about by the opposition, that the Buhari administration has nothing to campaign with, in the run-up to the 2023 general elections.
“It’s a cruel irony that the party that presided over the affairs of this great country in a time of plenty but could not complete a single modern rail line, is the one accusing an administration that has completed at least three standard gauge rail lines of lacking in achievements.
“Indeed, the Buhari administration is spoilt for choice in celebrating its achievements.”
Listing some of the achievements by the current administration, the minister highlighted the Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail-lines that have been completed, adding that the Buhari-led administration had also inaugurated brand new airport terminals in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Further speaking, Mohammed pointed out that the current administration had also completed housing projects in 35 states, constructed or is constructing road projects in every state in the country.
“We have constructed or are constructing road projects in every state and we have the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme that has almost weaned us from dependence on imported rice and other crops,” he said.
“We met 15 standard rice mills and now we have over 50.
“We have our unprecedented National Social Investment Programme under which 9.8 million school children are fed one meal daily, under which 1 million youths have been empowered.”
He added, “Another 500,000 are undergoing training under the N-Power and 1,632,480 households have been enrolled in the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme.
“We are proud of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure (also known as Deep Blue Asset) aimed at managing, controlling and protecting Nigerian waterways towards the advancement of coastal prosperity.”