Progressives Media Organisation (PMO) a media advocacy network for APC has congratulated and expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the timely presentation of the 2021 budget, tagged “Budget of Economic rediscovery”, saying the President has made history with early preparation and presentation of budget to National Assembly to enable the lawmakers ample time to peruse through the vital document for passage.
PMO in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Samuel Ebuka on Thursday was particularly grateful to President Buhari for the inclusion of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Line and Calabar-Lagos Coastal Line, which will connect the Southern and Eastern States to the North, and the South-South as well as South-East to the North, and South-West, respectively.
According to PMO, with the prioritisation of the Second Niger Bridge which is nearly 50 percent completed in the 2021 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated his commitment to carry all parts of the country along in his developmental agenda particularly the South East which it says was not given adequate sense of belonging by successive administrations.
“PMO wishes to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for constantly demonstrating that he is the father of all. By his frantic efforts to silence the voices of marginalisation through a well marshalled out roadmap to foster inclusion, it is safe to say that under President Muhammadu Buhari, the dividends of democracy has trickled down to all parts of the country.
“For decades, the Eastern rail line has remained a mirage irrespective of the high commercial activities the region is known for. For years, the economic potentials of the the region remained largely untapped due to lack of robust and virile transportation means and inter-regional linking lines to help harvest from enormous benefits the region possesses. Today, we are seeing a visible paradigm shift by the concerted efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to entrench fairness and equity across board.
“We are seeing competency backed with political will to make the Second Niger Bridge a reality and not just a tool for political sloganeering with which the PDP for 16 years deceived the people with to curry their support without anything to show for it. The project today is geometrically progressing with a high speed. President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that before the end of his administration in 2023, the project will be commissioned.
“Needless to emphasize that the lines of division which the PDP drew along the regional lines in their catastrophic 16 years rule is today being erased by the APC government through projects and infrastructure. The rail lines across the country today will enhance movement from one geographical region to another, which undoubtedly will help our people appreciate and understand each other better. Through infrastructure, President Muhammadu Buhari has opened the floodgate for cultural cross-fertilisation through marriages.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that he is not just a true patriot but a father, leader and a unifier. We have largely left our differences behind us to forge a common course for the overall development of our country through the deep sense of fairness the President has entrenched across the country” PMO says.
PMO further noted that the transportation burden of the people will further be reduced while their economic life will receive a boost. According to PMO, the benefits of the giant strides President Buhari is making in the region will create numerous employment opportunities for the teeming youths in the region.
The organisation called on people of the region to continue supporting the APC led government for more democratic dividends.