President Goodluck Jonathan
Muhammad Bello, Onwuka Nzeshi and Adibe Emenyonu
With messages laced with hope for a better tomorrow, President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, among other top political office holders, Monday advocated a new partnership between the government and the people to make the dream of a better Nigeria come true.
Jonathan and others, including Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, as well as Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and his Edo State counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in their separate New Year messages, solicited support for government’s efforts at delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
The president seized the occasion to present what amounted to his scorecard for last year and listed the priorities of his administration in the New Year.
He said his administration last year had made an impact in critical sectors of the nation’s socio-economic life such as public infrastructure, power supply,
He promised to work harder in 2013 to build on his achievements in these areas to deliver better public services and improved living conditions for all Nigerians.
He said: “We will give priority attention in the coming year to flood and erosion control, the rehabilitation and expansion of existing federal roads, improved power supply, as well as the continued rehabilitation, upgrade and reactivation of the national rail network.
“Employment generation and wealth creation will also remain a primary objective of our socio-economic agenda for 2013. Creating more employment opportunities for our youths and graduates of our universities is an imperative that will continue to underpin our drive for massive economic growth, the rapid expansion of our manufacturing and industrial base, and the productive diversification of our national economy.
“As peace and security remain pre-requisite conditions for the full realisation of our objectives, we will also do more in 2013 to further empower our security agencies who are working in collaborative partnerships with our friends in the international community to stem the scourge of terrorism in our country and enhance the security of lives and property in all parts of Nigeria.”
Jonathan added that as much as he wished to make life better for Nigerians, it was not a task he could do alone except with the support of the people.
“Let us all therefore resolve as we celebrate the New Year to place the higher interests of national unity, peace, stability and progress above all other considerations and work harder in our particular fields of human endeavour to contribute more significantly to the attainment of our collective aspirations,” the president stated.
He urged Nigerians to include in their New Year resolutions a commitment to do more to support the Federal Government in the implementation of its transformation agenda.
Speaking in the same vein, Mark, in his message, said the task of overcoming Nigeria’s present economic and political challenges should be a joint effort between the people and elected officials.
He expressed happiness that despite difficulties of 2012 due to the level of insecurity and threats to peace, Nigerians resolved to remain as one indivisible nation.
“We went through a very challenging year. But collectively, we kept hope of a brighter tomorrow. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Those in elected offices cannot bring forth this light alone. Government alone, without the support of the citizenry, cannot build a society where everyone is free and safe without fear of any form of violence. We must come together in unity to ensure a secure and progressive nation.
“I can see our nation coming out of our current trials more peacefully and strongly united. We must however not relent in our prayers as we continue to build a vibrant nation that will be a pride of all,” he said.
Tambuwal, on his part, urged Nigerians to intensify prayers for the nation and look forward to the New Year with optimism.
He said 2013 offered Nigerians a new opportunity to renew their faith and contribute towards the building of a united and progressive nation.
Tambuwal’s deputy called on Nigerians to put the past behind them and look forward to the New Year with renewed faith in themselves and the country.
Ihedioha said the challenges of 2012 had helped to strengthen the resolve of Nigerians to overcome the hurdles of nation building as he urged Nigerians to continue to contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the country.
For Fashola, the New Year should be an opportunity for the people to ensure vigilance and compliance with law and order.
He said it was by so doing that they could bring deviants to justice as well as continue to secure the state and make it the model mega city of everyone’s collective dream.
According to him, the New Year resolution of his administration is to serve the people better and continuously evolve policies and programmes that will secure their lives and property, as well as make life better for them.
The governor said given the fact that 2012 had some challenges, particularly in terms of security, everyone must collectively join the government to make the state safer.
He further explained that the people must realise that security was everybody’s business and criminals such as kidnappers, armed robbers and suicide bombers live within the communities and therefore, their activities should be reported to security agents by their neighbours.
He added that in Lagos, in the past six years, government had made concerted efforts by collaborating with some individuals and corporate organisations to keep the state safe.
“We have succeeded largely because we have made the people our focus. It has been our belief from inception that the only reason for our existence as a government is to secure the lives and property of the people.
“Every policy and programme we have introduced in the last six years have, therefore, been tailored towards the welfare of the people. We have, through these policies and programmes, created a conducive and enabling environment for enterprise and investment to thrive thereby reducing to the minimum the desperate conditions that instigate crime and insecurity,” the governor added.
Also, in his New Year message, Oshiomhole assured the people of greater things to come in 2013.
The governor, in his message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, said the people should look forward to a more prosperous year.
According to the governor, 2012 was good for Edo State because his administration was able to execute some capital projects, which had a direct meaningful impact on the lives of the people.
“As we enter the Year 2013, I assure the people of government’s commitment to deliver more to every nook and cranny of the state, to justify the confidence reposed in me by the overwhelming victory I received at the polls across the 18 local government areas of the state.
“I wish to assure the good people of Edo State that all projects started by this administration will be followed up with all due diligence and vigour to ensure their completion.
“I urge our people to remain vigilant to ensure that evil doers are not given a free hand in our state in the New Year,” he stated.