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Tinubu highlights Nigeria’s  opportunities for growth, development

…Says Nigeria’s economy not distressed

President Bola Tinubu has highlighted the unprecedented opportunities for growth and development in the country assuring that the Nigerian economy is not in distress.

 

The President at the Leadership Conference and Awards 2023, held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, on Tuesday, said, “I should start by respectfully challenging the notion that the Nigerian economy is in distress. Distress suggests helplessness, being at the mercy of something we have no control over. But that is not the case here.

“We are in challenging times, no doubt, but these times have also been marked by unprecedented opportunities, to reset course and to build a new and sustainable economy, away from the rent-seeking and the waste that was once the order of the day”.

Tinubu’s submission was contained in a statement released by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Rabiu Ibrahim.

The President shared key initiatives and investment efforts by the administration to support Nigerian businesses, students, and vulnerable households, as well as to enhance food security and attract foreign direct investment.

Tinubu disclosed that intervention funds totalling N200 billion have been set aside to support Nigerian businesses; in addition to a new Federal Students’ Loan program and the Presidential Initiative on CNG.

The N200 Billion Naira, according to the President, will be disbursed through three (3) new special intervention funds established to support Nigerian businesses.

On the Presidential Initiative on CNG, the President noted the “imminent rollout of these CNG-powered buses which will bring down the cost of transportation by as much as 50 percent.”

The President also highlighted the substantial increase in revenues accruing to the three tiers of government since the removal of the petrol subsidy.

“This means more funds are available to directly impact the lives of Nigerians through investments in critical infrastructure, social security, and other areas,” he said.

Other efforts of the apex government, aimed at bringing economic relief to Nigerians, include the commencement of negotiations, between the Federal and State Governments and organised labour, for a new minimum wage for the country; and the scaling-up of the social investment programme.

“For the poorest and most vulnerable among us, the Social Investment Programme, currently under review to reposition it for maximum impact, will support millions of households with direct cash transfers that will enable them to meet their basic needs.”

The President reiterated the gains of his administration’s robust investment drive: “Since we assumed office in May 2023, we have attracted $30 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) commitments into the real sectors of the economy, including Manufacturing, Telecoms, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, and others.

“Those investments have already started coming into the country. Just a few days ago, I was in Qatar on an official visit, where the Emir assured me that a senior government delegation would visit Nigeria after Ramadan, to begin taking action on some of the new investments they are looking at here.

“I have asked the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy to directly interface with the Qatari authorities to ensure that speedy progress is made.”

President Tinubu was represented by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

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