The following are the achievements made by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 as analyzed on his facebook page:
“Undoubtedly, 2011 was a year laced with challenges. While we have made progress and overcame most of the challenges on many fields, there have been those amongst us who want to impose their will on the majority of us. This government will lead Nigeria and Nigerians to resist such imposition.
We must not allow the activities of violent individuals to define the year 2011. Many years from today the story of our democratic and survival enterprise will record the year 2011 as a turning point. Thus, there has been great progress which we must celebrate.
For one, in the year 2011, Nigeria redeemed her democratic image by conducting a free, fair and credible election in April of 2011. Nigerians, International Observers, the International Community as well as the Judiciary all agreed that the 2011 elections were a watershed election and the most credible election since Nigeria returned to civil rule. That is an achievement worth celebrating.
Also in the year 2011, the Human Development Index (HDI) released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) established that the Life Expectancy of the average Nigeria had grown from 47.56 years last year to 51.9 in 2011 representing a 10% increase which itself is the largest ever increase of Life Expectancy in Nigeria since records were kept.
This increase is an affirmation of this administration’s investment in the health sector especially towards reducing Maternal and Infant mortality. In fact, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) independently corroborated the UNDP’s findings by awarding Nigeria a prize for the best intervention in reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality in Africa in 2011.
Also in 2011, government’s efforts to prudently manage scarce resources by engaging in economic reform brought Nigeria international recognition. While the credit ratings of many nations had been revised downwards, Nigeria’s ratings were revised upwards. First, in October of 2011, the Independent International Ratings Agency, Fitch, revised the country’s Outlook to Stable from Negative.
If some thought this was a fluke, the Fitch ratings were affirmed at the year’s end by another upward review by internationally respected and independent ratings agency, Standard and Poors, which revised Nigeria’s ratings from stable to Positive.
So while Nigeria entered 2011 with a negative credit rating, we are closing the year with a positive credit rating. This is what I promised Nigerians when I campaigned for their votes-Transformation.
And I have not just concerned myself with growth indices such as these, but this administration has taken steps to make sure that these growth indices trickle down to the grass roots in the form of development indices which is why we established the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). We have provided a seed capital of $1 billion to kick start the fund as well as established three sub funds- the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund; the Future Generations Fund and the Stabilization Fund which will be the pillars of the SWF.
In addition to this, on October 11, 2011, I launched the Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) initiative which is a scheme designed to identify and empower young Nigerian entrepreneurs with the technical skill and capital needed to start or grow a business such that they can create employment for themselves as well as other youths.
We did this together in 2011. As we enter into the year 2012, God willing, we will achieve greater things for our country again together. I look forward to a year when we would have made substantial progress in putting the framework for self sufficiency in certain food items like rice, flour and sugar. I look forward to a year where we would begin the consolidation of our economic and fiscal reforms and direct more resources to capital expenditure. I look forward to a year where our efforts at reforming the education sector would yield fruit in the form of an increased pass rate in our school leaving examinations. But most of all, I look forward to a year of all of us working together in peace and harmony to live up to the Nigerian Vision of our founding fathers of a nation which finds unity and strength in her diversity.
Thank you and a Happy New Year to you all. May God bless you and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. GEJ”