I stumbled upon this piece on the Facebook wall of one of my friends highlighting the campaign promises made by President Goodluck Jonathan. On May 29, 2012, the President will be one year in office. Read the promises and assess him of his performance in tandem with the promises made.President Goodluck Jonathan's 2011 Election Campaign Promises To Nigerians (State By State With Dates)
As the 2011 presidential elections approached, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was overflowing with promises.
Dispensing the promisory notes, Jonathan promised such things as ELECTRICITY, SECURITY, JOBS AND EDUCATION as well as to transform the ECONOMY and combat CORRUPTION.
Here, in state by state order with dates, are a few:
In Lafia, Nasarawa State on 7th February 2011 at the North Central Zone launching of his campaign, Jonathan promised to end chronic power shortages; improve health and education; ensure food self-sufficiency; manage oil revenues better; create a Sovereign Wealth Fund. He would also clampdown on kidnappers and criminals; pursue law breakers to the ends of the Earth, and ensure there would be no sacred cows. He guaranteed a university in every state; proper care for communities along the water ways; and construction of a refinery.
In Ibadan, Oyo State on 8th February 2011 at the South West launch of the campaign, Jonathan promised to: run a transparent government; treat all citizens equally; respect law and order; turn around the nation's bad road network. He also promised road construction to take new five-year structure, ending yearly budgetary allocations.
In Bauchi, Bauchi State on 9th February 2011, Jonathan promised to intensify oil and gas exploration in the North-East Zone; boost agriculture, power and water supply; provide dams and power projects; establish two universities in the region; construct schools with modern facilities for 9.5 million Almajiris; and combat rising terrorism in the area.
In Enugu, Enugun State on 12th February 2011, Jonathan promised to stamp out kidnapping, ensure facilities that would enhance the enterprising spirit of the Igbo; upgrade the Enugu airport to international level; dredge the River Niger; build a dry port in Aba for easy access to Igbo traders; and complete the Second Niger Bridge.
In Aba, Abia State on 12th February 2011. Jonathan promised to stamp out kidnapping; provide facilities that would boost the enterprising spirit of the Igbo; upgrade the Enugu airport to international level; dredge the River Niger; build a dry port in Aba for Igbo businessmen; complete the Second Niger Bridge; rehabilitate all the main roads into Abia; tackle the erosion crisis; and make Aba the Ground Zero of eventual aircraft production in Nigeria.
In Port Harcourt, River State on 12th February 2011 at the launching of his South-South Campaign, Jonathan promised to commence “transformational changes” in the South-South; said the NNPC had begun investing in the petrochemical industry in the region; that the people in the region would be given a voice in the oil and gas sector. He also promised to make the Niger Delta region the hub of the petrochemical industry in Africa.
In Oturkpo, Benue State on 17th February 2011, Jonathan promised a five-year plan to revolutionize agriculture and establish industries in the country.
In Jos, Plateau State on 17th February 2011, Jonathan promised “a straight fight” against poverty; to create wealth by improving power and water supply; to build more dams and complete ongoing ones in order to boost irrigation farming in Plateau. Also promised to complete the Vom-Manchok-Jos road to boost economic links between Plateau and Kaduna states; to encourage more agricultural research institutes; refocus on solid mineral development.
In Lokoja, Kogi State on 21st February 2011, Jonathan promised to revive the Ajaokuta Steel Complex and the Itakpe Iron Ore Company. Also, promised to explore the agricultural potential of the state to boost food security; establish a new federal university; ensure the speedy completion of the Lokoja-Abuja road project, and dredge the lower and upper River Niger.
In Ilorin, Kwara State also on 21st February 2011, Jonathan promised to end discrimination along ethnic and religious lines; tackle poverty; agricultural transformation of Kwara State; rehabilitation of the nation’s railway system; rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Mokwa road. He would also revitalize ailing industries and grant loans to farmers (objectives for which, he said, funds had already been earmarked).
In Bida, Niger State on 23rd February 2011 Jonathan promised to establish three power projects in the state at a cost of $2.1bn (about N315bn). In Minna, he promised five-year strategic plan for road projects.
In Abakaliki, Eboyin State on 24th February Jonathan promised the South East geo-political zone priority attention, especially in fixing its dilapidated road network and in healthcare delivery; dualize the Enugu-Abakaliki Express Road within one year; convert the Federal Medical Centre in Abakaliki to a teaching hospital. To be continued...