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Buhari unveils 9-point agenda for next 3 years

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday listed nine priority areas which his administration would use the remaining years in office to achieve in order to improve…

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday listed nine priority areas which his administration would use the remaining years in office to achieve in order to improve the livelihood of Nigerians.

Buhari spoke while receiving Letters of Credence from Ambassadors/High Commissioners of Algeria, Vietnam, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Somalia, Sahrawi Arab Republic and Iran.

Buhari said: “In our efforts to achieve a realistic domestic and foreign policy, as well as national development, we’ve identified the following nine priority areas to guide our policy directions over the next few years.

“Build a thriving and sustainable economy; enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty; enlarge agricultural output for food security and export, attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products and expand transport and other infrastructural development; expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization; expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians; build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion; and improve security for all”.

Buhari, who told the diplomats about Nigeria’s priority, and the need to streamline on people-focused policies, described Nigerians as the “nation’s most prized assets”.

He said the nine priority mandates were already reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, a medium-term initiative pioneered by the government to restore economic growth and development while leveraging the resourcefulness and resilience of the citizens.

He urged the diplomats to use the opportunity of working in the country to improve relations with their governments and people.

Buhari said Nigeria would remain steadfast in pursuing deeper and valuable relations among nations, without discrimination.

“Nigeria strongly supports joint action to ensure a democratic and fair world order based on strict respect for the norms of international law, the United Nations Charter, recognition of the unquestionable value of cultural diversity, national sovereignty, and the right of all countries to decide their future freely, without external pressure.

“Nigeria does not divide its partners into big and small; we value and respect every country, and with every country, we’re ready to pursue dialogue as well as build cooperation on the basis of equality and constructive mutual respect.”