Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed on Tuesday said his only regret as a minister was that some Nigerians have failed to appreciate that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing so much with little resources.
The minister stated this at a special forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
“My regret in this government is that Nigerians have failed to appreciate that the government is doing much more with much less,” he said.
“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.”
Mohammed also mentioned the school feeding programme which allows no fewer than 12.8 million pupils get one free meal a day to develop their mental capacity.
He said over one million Nigerians had benefitted from the conditional cash transfer programme carried out in conjunction with the World Bank under which N5,000 is disbursed monthly to vulnerable Nigerians.