In this regard, the Centre fir Democracy and Development has shown its commitment to civic engagement by setting up the BUHARIMETER to continuously monitor the implementation of the programmes and the delivery of the results candidate Buhari promised Nigerians. Buharimeter (www.buharimeter.ng <http://www.buharimeter.ng>) is a monitoring tool that enables Nigerians to keep tabs on the implementation of the campaign promises of President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). It is an independent and non-partisan monitoring platform. They have collected date on the campaign promises by tracking the media and campaign rallies and publications and identified 222 clear promises made to Nigerians. The promises and issues are displayed on the website and citizens and other stakeholders are invited to engage with the process of monitoring governance in Nigeria. In general, Nigerians are happy with Buhari’s 100 days in office. One objective reason is that he has kept to his promise of prioritizing the provision of security to Nigerians and combatting the Boko Haram insurgency with sincerity and efficacy. Since the relocation of the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) from Abuja to Maiduguri following his inauguration, Nigerians have seen considerable success in the war against the insurgency. His time line of ending the insurgency within three months of the marching order to the defence team is realistic and needs to be monitored to ensure that the work remains on track. Meanwhile measures have been taken to rebuild the moral of the armed forces but also to provide them all the military assets they need. There are other forms of insecurity affecting the country such as rural banditry, kidnapping and oil theft as well as sabotage of infrastructural facilities, which need to be monitored also. The other major war Nigerians are looking up to is the one against corruption. The Buhari Administration in its bid to block leakages has established a single treasury account for all federal revenues. To institutionalise accountability within the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), the president gave directives that civil servants must henceforth respond to auditor’s queries within 24 hours and all pending queries must be responded to within 30 days. To strengthen the fight against corruption, a 7-member Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay was constituted to advice the administration on the prosecution of its anti-corruption war. Meanwhile, Nigerians are awaiting indications on what will be done to revamp our anti-corruption agencies, notably the EFCC and ICPC as we await Pricewater Coopers (PWC) and KPMG who are conducting forensic audits into the accounts of all revenue-generating agencies of the government. In terms of improving infrastructure, most eyes are on the issue of dramatically increasing power supply. Since Buhari came into power, there has been a noticeable improvement in electricity supply. At the tail end of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Nigeria witnessed a decline in her power output, to an all-time low of 1,327MW in May 2015. On 29 July 2015, the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria announced that the national grid transmission has recorded an increase from 4,000MW in early July to its highest peak of 4,810.7MW as at 25 August. Nigerians however need to know what the plans are to take Nigeria to a higher level where there is sufficient electricity to drive a major industrialisation programme. As for the petroleum sector, Nigerians have seen the promise of reviving our refineries. Major reorganisation is also on going in the NNPC. The Government is however yet to take any concrete steps towards the implementation of its campaign promise to pass a workable Petroleum Industry Bill; to establish an independent Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority; and to introduce a strong local content legislation; and create a domestic supply chain, amongst others. On the whole, the major concern Nigerians have is that the President is not talking sufficiently with them. He has to engage citizens more. For their part, each and every Nigerian needs to be more aware of what our political leaders promised us and closely monitor them to ensure that they deliver. If they do not deliver, of course Nigerians now know that they have the option of voting them out. 100 days is an important milestone but monitoring governance must be a continuous process if we are to continue deepening our democracy.
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