As Nigeria prepares for the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet, the expectations and demands of Nigerians are high, driven by concerns over a turbulent economy. Major stakeholders have weighed in on the baseline achievements they anticipate from the incoming cabinet members.
1. **Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)**: Nigerians are calling for clear Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be set for each minister. These KPIs would serve as a basis for assessing their performance on an annual basis. The aim is to ensure accountability and drive effective governance.
2. **Economic Stabilization**: Given recent economic challenges, including the removal of fuel subsidies and currency exchange rate fluctuations, Nigerians expect the new cabinet to work swiftly with President Tinubu to address the economic issues that have led to a spike in living costs and pushed more people into poverty.
3. **Inflation Control**: The rising food inflation rate is a major concern. Nigerians hope the new administration will take measures to alleviate this issue and ensure that essential food items become more affordable for the population.
4. **Agricultural Sector**: In the agricultural sector, addressing insecurity, eliminating multiple road levies, reducing fees on imported agricultural equipment, and streamlining taxes on agricultural products are among the baseline achievements expected from the Minister of Agriculture.
5. **Investment in Agriculture**: The amount of new investment inflows into the agricultural sector will be a crucial factor in assessing the government’s performance. Encouraging both public and private investments is seen as essential to increasing food production and reducing food inflation.
6. **Transportation**: Fulfilling the Federal Government’s pledge to deploy CNG-powered buses to mitigate the high cost of transportation is one of the baseline expectations for the Minister of Transportation. The goal is to make public transportation more affordable for Nigerians.
7. **Poverty Alleviation**: As Nigeria grapples with poverty, stakeholders emphasize the need for policies and initiatives that will uplift the lives of citizens. It is suggested that focusing on converting petrol engines to gas engines could help reduce the cost of living.
8. **Rural Infrastructure**: Rural infrastructure, especially roads, is considered essential to the success of agricultural development. Upgrading rural infrastructure is seen as complementary to attracting new investments in the agricultural sector.
Overall, Nigerians are not willing to accept business as usual and are looking for tangible improvements in their lives through the actions and achievements of the incoming ministers. They expect a government that prioritizes economic stability, poverty reduction, and improved living conditions for the majority of the population.