Minster of Information Lai Mohammed has revealed why the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari does not consider restructuring the country as a priority.
Lai was speaking on Thursday when he featured on African Independent Television’s programme Focus Nigeria
He said with the high level of corruption, economic downturn, insecurity, particularly with the activities of Boko Haram, which had taken over half of the North East, the government could not have contemplated restructuring.
He said the focus of the government which also formed the basis of its campaign were to fight corruption and insecurity and fix the economy.
The Minister said the government would not be found wanting in the discharge of its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property of all Nigerians wherever they reside.
He added that the government would deal decisively with anyone or group that disturbs the peace of the nation and constitutes threat to any one or group.
The minister said contrary to perception in certain quarters, the government’s anti-corruption fight was not one sided or targeted at opposition.
He said that anywhere there was anti-corruption fight, corruption would fight back and the tensions being experienced in the country could be linked to it.
He said before the government took over corruption was so alarming that 55 persons stole N1.35 trillion in seven years.
Mr. Mohammed disclosed that N700 billion was appropriated and released to Ministry of Niger Delta only between 2009 and 2015 for road construction.
He said such was the level of corruption that the previous administration left N1.7 trillion debts owed to local contractors
Mohammed said beyond cleaning the mess left by the precious administration, the government had been spending massively on infrastructure particularly roads, railways and power.
He said the government in the last two years had constructed 369 kilometres of roads, empowered 542 local contractors and created 17,000 direct jobs and 50,000 indirect jobs.
On the attitude of the judiciary to the anti-corruption fight of government the minister said that the entire justice system of the country needed overhaul to ensure prompt and effective prosecution.
minister solicited the support of every Nigerians, the judiciary and the lawyers and judges in particular for the success of anti-corruption fight.
Speaking on the issue of Power generation, He said the drop in generation was as a result of the pipelines destruction in Forcados, which the government was fixing and the current power generation was 4000 megawatts.