The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, has said some Nigerians are ungrateful and unappreciative of the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari despite the little available resources.
Mohammed made the statement at a Special Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
According to the minister, no government in Nigeria’s history has implemented poverty alleviation programmes among women and vulnerable groups as well as job creation schemes for the youth as the Buhari administration had done with dwindling resources.
He added that his only regret as a minister was that some Nigerians have failed to appreciate the efforts of the government but keep celebrating negative developments.
He said Nigerians were not giving credit to various intervention programmes of the Buhari-led administration as the School Feeding Programme, with no fewer than 12.8 million pupils reportedly getting one free meal a day to develop their mental capacity.
“My regret in this government is that Nigerians have failed to appreciate that the government is doing much more with much less. 2010 to 2014, crude oil was selling from $100 to $140 per barrel, but the highest we have sold since we came in is $60.
“Sometimes at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic, we were even paying for storage because nobody wanted to take our crude. With the drop in revenues and security challenges this government has not retrenched one person but put in place programmes to cushion the effects of the pandemic,” he said.