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President Jonathan’s New Year Message

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has promised Nigerians significant improvements in security, power supply, national infrastructure, education, healthcare and employment generation in 2011.

In his new-year message to the nation, President Jonathan pledged that his administration will work even harder in the coming months to ensure that ordinary Nigerians begin to feel the tangible benefits of the economic growth recorded by the country in recent years.

The President said that the Federal Government will give particular attention to the effective implementation of  the new national job creation scheme for which N50 Billion has been earmarked in the 2011 Appropriation bill to create thousands of new jobs for the country’s unemployed youth.

He said that to further boost employment, his administration will also initiate a massive national public works programme in the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory for the renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of schools, medical facilities, roads and other public utilities.

President Jonathan said that in addition to the N500 Billion intervention fund which has been established for the country’s power, manufacturing and aviation sectors, a $500 Million facility will also be made available to support small and growing businesses.

Noting however that these and other measures being evolved by his administration to improve the quality of  lives of Nigerians can only be effectively implemented in a secure, peaceful and politically stable environment, the President urged all stakeholders in the country to play positive roles in ensuring that next year’s general elections are conducted peacefully to further consolidate Nigeria’s status as a

Thanking all Nigerians for their support, loyalty and cooperation since his assumption of office in May, 2010, President Jonathan said that with their continued support and votes in the 2011 elections he and Vice President Namadi Sambo will continue to give dedicated and committed leadership to ensure that Nigeria moves much more rapidly towards the fulfillment of its immense capacity as a nation.

He wished all Nigerians a happy, prosperous and rewarding 2011.

– Punch

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