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Goodluck Jonathan’s supporters catalogue his milestone achievements (2)


  • Gas Master Plan implementation – Conceived and undergoing
  • Gas Flaring – Less than 15%
  • Crude oil production – 2.5 million bpd
  • Domestic gas supply – Improved by over 75% as part of emergency gas supply  programme
  • Local Content – An oil terminalling facility, Ebok terminal, has terminalling facility come on board, averaging 7,000bpd with capacity for 50,000bpd
  • Nigerian-owned crude oil transportation tankers – Nearly 400
  • Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC) exploration and Production – 130,000 barrels per day
  • The 136km gas pipeline from Oben to Geregu power plant – Completed
  • The 31km gas pipeline from Itoki to Olorunsogo power plant   – Completed
  • Compressed Natura (CNG) to power cars – 2,000 cars already Gas converted in Benin test-run


  • Daily Port Operations – Now 24 hours for the first time since 1970
  • Clearing time for trouble-free cargo – 7 days
  • Number of agencies at – Now 7, streamlining bureaucratic and financial the ports requirements for clearance and decongestion


  • Lagos-Kano, Port Harcourt-Maiduguri, and Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail lines  -Undergone or undergoing rehabilitation and modernization
  • New wide gauge rail  – Abuja-Kaduna constructed
  • Lagos-Ibadan-Oshogbo-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano narrow gauge rail line –  Completed
  • Passengers carried by rail   – Nearly 5 million yearly
  • Container cargo freight services from Apapa Port complex – Commenced
  • Rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt-Aba-Umuahia-Enugu-Makurdi-Lafia-Kuru-Bauchi-Gombe-Ashaka-Maiduguri with Branch lines at Kuru to Jos and Kafanchan-Kaduna narrow gauge  – Nearing completion


  • Dredging of Lower River Niger from Baro (Niger State) to Warri (Delta State)  – Done, allowing all-year navigation
  • Onitsha Port – Completed
  • Baro Port, Lokoja Port and Oguta Port – Nearing completion
  • Number of passengers travelling by water per year – Over 1.3 million
  • Cargo transport –  5m metric tonnes (2013)


  • National Aviation Master Plan and Road Map – Developed, being implemented
  • Air safety  – Installation of cutting-edge navigational aids and Instruments Landing Systems (ILS), including runway lights and Total Radar Coverage (TRACON), to enhance air safety
  • Airport infrastructure  -For the first time in over three decades, all 22 federally-owned  airports are being remodeled, and renovated resulting in improved passenger  experience
  • Cargo airport – 16 airports close to the nation’s food baskets have been designated for perishable  cargo to enhance preservation, conditioning and  transportation of perishable  cargo in accordance with international standards and best practice
  • New terminals for International terminals            – Five modern international passenger airports – Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano  and Enugu
  • Safety and Navigational aids – Modernised, upgraded, expanded nationwide
  • Accident Investigation and analysis laboratory – Installing of one in Nigeria.  It is only one of the four in Africa and the only one in the West African sub-region
  • US Category 1 Certification  – Attained


  • Power sector road map – Launched, undergoing implementation
  • Privatization of power utility – PHCN companies (11  utility distribution and 6 generation companies) have been successfully privatized and handed over to new owners
  • Bulk Electricity  – The Nigeria Bulk Electricity  Trader (NBET) has been  established to drive private  sector investment into the  power industry by executing bankable purchase agreements  with power developers
  • Solar power  – Two private sector-led, federal government-backed solar plants of 1,000mw each under construction in Yobe and Kano states.


  • Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Benin-Ore-Shagamu Highway and Enugu-Port
  • Harcourt dual carriage   – Reconstructed or nearing
  • Kano-Maiduguri and       Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja – Undergoing dualisation
  • Oweto Bridge across River Benue – Constructed
  • Onitsha-Owerri and Vom-Manchok -Completed
  • Onitsha-Enugu and Lokoja-Benin roads -Under construction and expansion
  • Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – Reconstruction and expansion works commenced
  • Second Niger Bridge project –   Concessioned to Julius Berger/AIM consortium.  Early works commenced.
  • Mokwa-Bide Road, Akure- Ilesha Road, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega Road, Enugu-Abakaliki Road, Ogoja-Ikom Road and Vandekiya-Obudu Roads  – Under construction
  • Federal roads – 25,000km now in good  condition and motorable


  • Access to portable water – Nearly 70% of the population, the population Seven water supply projects have been completed, providing  additional 4.3 million Nigerians access to portable water
  • Irrigation projects – Significant progress has been made on major projects such as the South Chad, the Bakolori Irrigation Project and the Galma dam
  • Dam projects – Nine dams have been completed in Akwa Ibom,  Katsina, Enugu and Ondo  states to increase volume of  nation’s water reservoir by  422mcm
  • Irrigated area  – Over 200,000 hectares, leading to increased production of over 400,000 metric tonnes of irrigated food products
  • Farmers’ access to irrigated land – Over 400,000 farmers


  • e-wallet  – 6 million farmers registered on  database.  A first in Africa
  • Access to subsidized fertilizers and seeds  – Corruption ended.  Farmers now receive subsidized inputs directly through e-wallet.  Over N50bn saved so far
  • Dry season farming  – Dry season production through irrigation kick-started  in 10 northern states –Kebbi,  Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina,  Kano, Jigawa, Gombe, Niger,  Kogi and Bauchi, resulting in  an output of 1.07 million metric tonnes
  • Rice output- Combined production of dry  season and main season paddy  now 1.76m metric tonnes –unprecedented in Nigeria’s  history.  Government policies have led to the establishment  of 13 new rice mills by private  investors
  • Production of high quality Cassava flour to substitute Imported wheat in the baking industry  – Expanded
  • Agricultural orientation  – Launched a self-employment initiative under the Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme (YEAP) called the ‘nagropreneur’ programme. This scheme, designed to encourage youth to go into  commercial agriculture as  entrepreneurs, plans to develop over 750,000 young nagropreneurs by 2015
  • Wheat  – Rapidly falling import


  • Mortgage   – The Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC) has been set up to  enable up to 200,000  affordable mortgages within five years
  • Housing construction- Over 61,000 housing units have been built in six geopolitical zones to provide affordable and quality houses


  • Industrial revolution  – President Jonathan has launched the National Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) on the entire value chain of sub-sectors such agro-processing (e.g rice milling,  sugar procession, cassava for wheat flour and other  products, etc., consumer goods manufacturing, cement,  textiles and petrochemicals)
  • Sugar policy  – Government has developed the  Sugar Master Plan (NSMS) to provide roadmap for 100% local production of sugar
  • Cement  – Net exporter.  Nigeria has moved production from producing 2 million metric  tonnes of cement in 2002 to a  capacity of 28.5 million metric tonnes.  Saved over N200bn in the process
  • ECOWAS Tariff   – Nigeria has negotiated a  strong Common External  Tariff (CET) agreement with  our ECOWAS partners which would enable us to protect our  strategic industries where necessary


  • Mobile phones  – 120 million
  • Internet users – Over 60 million
  • e-governance  – Government currently delivers more than 50 services online,  including passport and driving licence application process
  • Venture Capital for ICT entrepreneurs – $15 million fund launched
  • e-commerce   – Nigeria’s e-commerce companies, such as Jumia and Konga, are among the fastest growing in the world
  • IT access at tertiary Institutions – 27 federal universities have been connected via 10GBps  meshed trunk circuits
  • National Broadband Policy- Launched
  • Teledensity  – Over 80%
  • Local production of tablets – Tablets, equivalent to the iPad, developed
  • Rural phone access   – Construction of 500km of fibre-optic cable to rural areas,  with 3,000km more targeted for deployment in 2014
  • Computerising schools  – Computing facilities provided to 74 tertiary institutions and 218 public schools in the country


Life-Saving initiative  – Under the ‘Saving One Million Lives’ initiative, over 433,650 lives were saved from November 2012 to June 2013 through scaling up of six cost- effective interventions including Maternal & Child Health, nutrition, prevention of Mother to child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, Provision of Essential commodities, Malaria control, routine immunization and eradication of polio

  • Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NDCD) – Established
  • Maternal mortality  – Dropped by 50% in four years
  • Malaria in children – Reduced
  • Capacity for kidney – Strengthened with Lago transplant University transplant Teaching Hospital and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital joining the  league
  • Community-based health Insurance scheme  – Established in a number of communities in 12 state, thereby granting medical access to poor Nigerians
  • Health insurance coverage – Over 8%
  • The National Immunisation Coverage – Over 80%
  • Under-5 mortality    – Down to 94/1000 live births
  • Maternal mortality ratio  – Down to 350/100,000
  • Guinea worm disease    – Eradicated
  • Curriculum for the training of paramedics – Established
  • Type-3 wild polio virus  – For the first time in the history of the country, there  has not been any transmission of the virus for more than one year


  • Almajiri schools  – 125 schools built in 13 states;  275 more to go
  • Special girl schools  – Under construction in 27 states
  • Federal universities   – 36, with 12 new universities (9 in the North, 3 in the South)  established to enhance access to a Federal university across the country and absorb thousands of students who are denied university admission every year
  • Presidential Special Scholarships for Innovation and Development (PRESID)  – A total of 101 have been awarded to beneficiaries for training in top 25 universities  in the world
  • Basic school enrolment – Over 30 million
  • O’level credit pass in English and Maths – 70%
  • Innovation Enterprise Institutions  – Over 100 Innovation Enterprise Institutions have been licensed to provide alternative access to higher  education through technical  and vocational education and training
  • National Certificate of Education (NCE) awarding Institutions  – 124
  • Training of lecturers    – Federal Government has sponsored 7,000 lecturers of federal and state tertiary  institutions for post-graduate studies home and abroad to improve the quality of  instruction
  • Student enrolment in the            Colleges of Education  – Over 750,000
  • Laboratories in the 51 Federal and State polytechnics  –  Rehabilitated with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Unity Schools Government  – In 2013 alone, Federal  rehabilitated 352 laboratories  and constructed 72 new libraries
  • Micro-teaching laboratories  – Constructed in 58 Federal and state Colleges of Education  across the Federation
  • Budgetary allocations to Education – Doubled


  • National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST)    – Developed
  • The Nigerian Army Language Institute   – Institute established to make  army personnel bi-lingual within two years
  • Dog Centre  – Established
  • Local Armoured  Personnel Carrier (APC)  – Built by the Nigerian Army
  • Made-in-Nigeria warship  – Built by the Nigerian Army
  • Made-in-Nigeria drone   – Built by the Nigeria Air Force


  • Great Green Wall    – Established to fight desertification in the North. Over 6,700,000 seedlings  raised in seven desertification front line states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Yobe, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Yobe, Sokoto and Borno States
  • North-East  – Launched to fast-track  development initiative and tackle environmental challenges and protect  livelihoods, create jobs and  fight poverty


  • NEXIM support  – Available as an initiative of  President Jonathan
  • Project Advancing Creativity and Technology
  • (PACT) in Nollywood –    N3 billion grant set up by President Jonathan


  • African Cup of Nations  – Won by the Super Eagles  in 2013
  • World Athletics Championship  – Two medals won by Blessing Okagbare in 2013
  • FIFA U-17 World Cup      – Won by Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in 2013

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