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Nigeria: President Promises a Better Nation in 2008
Administration is determined promote growth
Bala Muhammad Makosa (babanjawad)     Print Article 
Published 2008-01-02 05:26 (KST)   
In his New Year speech on Jan. 1, Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua promised that 2008 would be an eventful year in the progressive development of the country.

"Among other things, it will be the first in which a nation's budget, entirely conceived by this administration, will be implemented in furtherance of our national aspiration," Yar'Adua noted.

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The president further stated that his government has presented an appropriation bill to the National Assembly that underscores the administration's determination to give urgent and serious attention to the task of rehabilitating, expanding and developing essential national infrastructures to accelerate the pace of growth in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

"We will work in close cooperation with the leadership and members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in the coming days to ensure the speedy passage of the bill and guarantee adequate and timely funding for projects which have been conceived to fulfill our promise to Nigerians, especially in critical sectors which require urgent attention," Yar'Adua said.

He added: "My dear countrymen and women, I urge you all to include among your resolutions for new year a renewal commitment to earnestly and actively support this administration's efforts to rapidly move our beloved country further along the path to true greatness.

"With your continued support, we shall, by the grace of God Almighty make very considerable progress this year towards the improvement of the living condition of all Nigerians and the strengthening of our nation institutions to faithfully fulfill their obligations at all times."
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