By: Joy Odor/ Abuja
The International Press Centre-IPC has released a compilation of the campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of electioneering activities for the 2019 general elections covering 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.
The documentation which was done by IPC’s Media Monitoring Team were derived from quoted statements of the President in The Nation, The Punch, Daily Sun, Daily Trust, Vanguard, This Day, Leadership and Nigerian Tribune newspapers over a four-month period from November 2018 to February 2019 in a statement and made available to NAGARTA radio by the programme manager of lPC Mr SANMI FALOBI on Thursday.
Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade in the statement said the rationale for the documentation of the campaign promises was in consonance and conformity with IPC’s mandate to advance democratic accountability.
The IPC Director said the campaign promises of all the presidential candidates that contested the 2019 elections were documented but only that of President Muhammadu Buhari was being released being the declared winner of the elections.
He said the essence is to ensure that it serves as a tool for journalists to monitor, track and ask questions about the diverse aspects of the implementation including using the Freedom of Information Act to such relevant questions.
According to him, the documented campaign promises will also be useful for civil society groups working on development and democratic governance issues as well as various electoral stakeholders.
The lPC Director said the documentation of the president’s electoral promises will also serve as a major instrument to proactively engage the Buhari administration on its performance over the next four years and provide bench marks in seeking democratic accountability, service delivery and the fulfilment of key campaign promises made by the president.