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IPC releases compiled Buhari’s campaign promises, begins second term monitoring

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Lanre Arogundade


To ensure its mandate to advance democratic accountability, the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos, yesterday released a compilation of the campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of electioneering activities for the 2019 general elections.

The document featured 30 promises covering pledges on specific and general issues of road/rail infrastructure, education, agriculture, poverty eradication and inclusion of youths/women in government, as well as the fight against corruption and insecurity were documented.
 
The campaign promises were compiled by IPC’s Media Monitoring Team from quoted statements of the President in The Nation, The Punch, Daily Sun, Daily Trust, The Vanguard, ThisDay, Leadership and Nigerian Tribune newspapers over a four-month period from November 2018 to February 2019.
  
Some of the promises were to engage one million N-power graduates and skill up 10 million Nigerians in partnership with the private sector to expand the school feeding programme from 9.3 million to 15 million children, creating 300,000 extra jobs for food vendors and farmers, among others.

Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the exercise was in line with the tradition of the IPC and that the campaign promises of all the presidential candidates that contested the 2019 elections were documented but only those of Buhari were released after being the declared winner of the elections.He, however, said that both Buhari’s campaign promises and those of other candidates would later be uploaded on the IPC websites. 

“The essence is to ensure that they would serve as tools for journalists to monitor, track and ask questions about the diverse aspects of the implementation, including using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act to such relevant questions,” he said. 
 
He further stressed that the documented campaign promises would be useful for civil society groups working on development and democratic governance issues as well as various electoral stakeholders.
 
“The documentation of the President’s electoral promises from the media reports, which is by no means exhaustive, is to serve as a major instrument to proactively engage the Buhari administration on its performance over the next four years and provide benchmarks in seeking democratic accountability, service delivery and the fulfilment of key campaign promises made by the president,” he said.

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