By Terna Injua – Makurdi
The Federal Government has so far expended trillions of naira on programmes and policies targeted at improving the economic well-being of Nigerians, especially the youths and on infrastructure development.
Minister of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume made this known at Government House, Makurdi while addressing the people of Benue at a Presidential briefing to avail them of efforts of the Federal Government to develop the country.
Senator Akume who represented President Muhammadu Buhari said thousands of people including women and youths have benefited from the programmes across the country.
He mentioned some of the programmes to include the Social Investment and the Anchor Borrowers Programmes, Youths Investment Funds, conditional cash transfer, Trader and Market Money, the Public Work Programme as well as agricultural soft loan initiatives.
The Minister maintained that huge investment has also been made to improve on the infrastructure of the country especially in the power sector and rehabilitation of roads, stressing that but for COVID-nineteen, most of the ongoing projects would have reached advanced stages and appealed to the youths not to destroy public or private infrastructure during protests.
Governor Samuel commended the programmes of the Federal Government, especially those in the agricultural sector and appealed that some of the programmes should be channeled through the State Governments to make them more effective.
Governor Ortom said the End SARS protests were a wakeup call for the leadership to advance the course of development and emphasized that the restructuring of the country must be carried out.
Correspondent reports that the Presidential Briefing on the Security and Economic situation in the country became necessary following protests by Nigerian youths demanding an end to SARS and improvement in the state of affairs in Nigeria.