The pesident expressed the belief that the next administration would sustain the early presentation of the annual appropriation bill to the National Assembly to ensure its passage before the beginning of the fiscal year.
Buhari expressed deep appreciation to almighty God for His grace, while commending the continuing resilience, understanding and sacrifice of Nigerians in the face of current economic challenges.
President Buhari also hosted Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo at the Presidential Villa Abuja, where the president approved the deployment of advanced technology to tackle insecurity in the South East.
Uzodinma, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting with President Buhari, said he was at the villa to thank the president for the various supports and assistance given to the state.
According to him, with the president’s approval, advanced surveillance equipment will soon be delivered to the region that will enhance the fight against insecurity without collateral damage.
On Jan. 5, the president also met with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege.
Omo-Agege, who spoke to journalists after the closed door meeting, dismissed the notion of a firm grip of Delta by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “Delta is very ripe for the taking,” adding that it was a misconception to tag Delta a PDP state.
“That is a very serious misconception to tag Delta State, a PDP state. Delta is very ripe for the taking. We’re determined to achieve this.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd., Peter Mbah, who paid a thank-you visit to President Buhari on Friday, identified lack of adequate investment in the downstream sector as the cause of the perennial fuel scarcity and its attendant long queues in filing stations across the country.
Mbah, who is the PDP governorship candidate in Enugu State in the forthcoming election, said in order to bridge the gap, the Pinnacle Oil and Gas had invested about a billion dollar to address the stagnation of investment in the downstream sector.
The president concluded the week with a closed door meeting with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno.
Zulum, speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, boasted that his state had been secured for the conduct of the February and March general elections.
He assured the voting public of their safety before, during and after the elections.