Despite the several negative news about him, Abacha was able also able leave good memories behind which will never be forgotten by history.
Born, September 20, 1943, in Kano, her became Nigeria Head if State in 1993, unfortunately died on Monday, June 8, 1998. In this article, we shall look at the good legacy left behind by late General Sani Abacha.
Late General Sani Abacha was key to the restoration of peace as well as democracy in Sierra Leone and Liberia after several years of civil wars in the countries. He was credited for the role he played when he deployed Nigerian soldiers for the peace keep and achieved high level of success in the restoration of peace.
Establishment Of Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund
During his regime, Abacha set up the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, and appraised for the success it achieved in infrastructural development across the country and also its different intervention programmes in education, health and water across the country.
National Hospital, Abuja
Abacha and hiss wife is credited for the establishment of National Hospital, Abuja. His dear wife, Maryam Abacha set up the National Hospital, Abuja, which was then named National Hospital for Women and Children. It was later upgraded to be Nigeria's number one public hospital in the country.
Set Up 13% Derivation for oil-producing Areas
While he was in office, Abacha make history with his recommendation during the 1995 constitutional conference where he recommended that 13% derivation should be reserved for oil-producing areas and six geo-political zones.
First Head-of-State to be a full General without skipping a rank.
General Sani Abacha was a man of principle, he became the first and the only Nigeria Head-of-State to be a full General without skipping a rank.
Reduced Inflation Rate
Abacha was able to reduced the inflation of the county which he inherited from the previous administration of Babangida with inflation of 54 percent and was able to bring it down go 8.5 percent between 1993 to 1998 he stayed in power. Abacha also halt the privatization of the country's public corporations by the previous regime which he considered not in the good interest of Nigeria.
Increase in the Country's Foreign Exchange Reserves
Abacha was a good economist, and he proved this during his reign as Nigeria Head of State. Under his watch, the Nigeria foreign exchange reserves rose from $494 million in 1993 to $9.6 billion by the middle of 1997.
General Sani Abacha also reduced the Nigeria external debt from its initial $36 billion in 1993 to $27 billion by 1997.
With his success in economy, Abacha was given posthumous award by President Jonathan's administration in 2014 in recognition of his achievements.
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