African leaders have ushered in the New Year with goodwill messages, reflections on past achievements and revelations of future projects.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma mentioned ‘radical social economic transformation’ and investment in various sectors through the industrial policy action plan as key priorities for the government in 2018. He acknowledged 2017 was a turbulent year for the country’s economy and expressed confidence that the country had emerged from technical recession.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda gave a rather lengthy speech highlighting his 2017 achievements and conveying plans for the new year. He promised Micro and Macro Irrigation Schemes, regulation of the fishing Industry and eradication of crime. Some statements, however, showed a decline in the county’s course to development despite the President’s attempt to sound positive. For instance, spending US$7billion every year on imports compared to “only US$92.28m. in 1986” attest to little or no investment in vital industries, a loss of wealth and jobs.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took to twitter to announce plans to advance road, rail and power projects across the country in 2018. Also taking to twitter, Burkina Faso’s President Roch Kabore announced that as of February, the Government will initiate a reform of the remuneration system, in consultation with the social partners and the other components of the Nation to give birth to a modern and dynamic public service.
In a televised speech, Gabon’s President Ali Bongo promised radical change in governance and strengthened unity amongst the people. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, through twitter, announced willingness to work harder together with the people.