A support group, the Goodluck Good Governance Group (G4), has called on Nigerians to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming elections based on the good work he has done and not based on sentiments, as his excellent track record since assuming office in 2010.
Convener of the group, Mr. Femi Ajayi, made the call at a People Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders meeting on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
He said President Jonathan “has proved to be a role model for democracy and good governance since he became president of Nigeria. His respect for and upholding of human rights and fundamental freedoms have been unprecedented among Nigerian heads of state. He has also shown deference for the rule of law, respect for court judgements and facilitated free and fair elections.
“This administration has done more on our roads than any other government. Take a look at the Benin-Lagos road, what about the railway sector which has finally come back to life? The federal government has released billions of naira for the improvement of services and facilities in hospitals. This government has brought back the mother and child care service also. These are great work by Jonathan.”
Ajayi, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) said: “Aside from these intangible but crucial benefits of democracy, Jonathan has made giant strides in sustaining development as visible in regular and stable fuel supply, power sector reforms, transport sector transformation (road construction and railway rehabilitation) and agriculture revolution.
“Power has been moved from public to private sector, the government needs to improve the quantity of power even as power supply has increase. Many Nigerians have testified that power supply has increased and power has improved.
“Through making (PTDF) more functional, efficient and cost-effective, the president has been able to accelerate youth empowerment in the community. Aside from increasing access of youths to tertiary education through establishment of nine full-fledged federal universities within 18 months, the president has been the brain behind the following: Special skill acquisition and enhancement programmes such as helicopter and fixed-wing pilot training, trained many graduates in Advance Welding and Underwater Welding in Marseille, France, the first ever of such training carried out by Nigeria.
“The federal government has equally trained 1,700 graduates in Engineering Design programme, 15 graduates in Drilling Engineering in France, as well as 1, 220 under the Welding Trading Certification Programme in collaboration with International Institute of Welding (IIW) in order to become certified welder qualified anywhere in the world.”