By Mukwuzi Joseph
Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described some Nigerians as ungrateful for failing to appreciate that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing so much with little resources.
Mohammed stated this at a Special Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said with dwindling resources, no government in the history of Nigeria had implemented programmes alleviating poverty among women and vulnerable groups as well as created jobs for the youths as the Buhari administration had done since coming into power in 2015.
“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 dollars to 140 dollars per barrel, but the highest we have sold since we came in is 60 dollars.
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.
The minister said Nigerians are not giving credit to various intervention programmes of government such as the School Feeding Programme, with no fewer than 12.8 million pupils getting one free meal a day to develop their mental capacity.