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Jonathan’s administration leaving good legacies behind, says Okonjo-Iweala

By News Express on 11/05/2015

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Despite the economic challenges the country is facing, the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is leaving some solid economic legacies for the incoming Buhari government, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said.

Okonjo-Iweala, who spoke with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, dismissed as “absolutely untrue” allegations that the Nigerian economy is in ruins.

She highlighted what she described as the significant achievements of the administration in several sectors, saying:

“We cannot take away the fact that the Jonathan administration in spite of the challenges caused by 50 per cent decline in the price of oil has made a clear and measurable difference in many important areas and anyone who says nothing has been done and nothing is being left behind is being very unfair to facts and to history.

“Attempts to rewrite history will not stand. You cannot just wipe the slate clean for political reasons. We are not perfect but no one can take away the fact that we are leaving some good legacies behind.” 

The minister gave the following examples:

•The agricultural sector which has seen the rise in food production with attendant positive effect on food prices;

•The National Industrial Revolution scheme and the Automotive Policy whose implementation has led to the opening of factories for car manufacturing and assembly for the first time in the country

•Impressive rise in the cement production due to positive government policies; Nigeria is now a net exporter of cement

•Creation of about 1.4 million jobs a year out of the 1.8m needed

•Various job creation and job enhancement schemes such as Youwin which has seen the creation of over 27,000 jobs by young entrepreneurs  sponsored and trained by government for other youths; the Graduate Internship Scheme;

•Creation of the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) which is helping to create a mortgage market and is helping to provide affordable housing for Nigerians

•The recently launched Development Bank of Nigeria which will help to achieve strong growth of small businesses by providing SMEs, for the first time in recent memory, affordable interest loans of up to ten years.

•The support for the creative industries which has helped to strengthen the capacity of script writers, producers, directors and other professionals in the motion picture industry and led, in turn, to the production of higher quality films, and creation of more jobs.

Okonjo-Iweala advised politicians and opinion leaders not to talk down the economy because negative and unfactual comments on the economy can have negative impact the economy, the exchange rate and the stock market and reduced investor confidence.

“These negative and unsubstantiated comments are not wise because they can lead to what we do not want for the economy,” she said, adding:

“There is nothing wrong with factual assessments of the economy; I have always told Nigerians the truth about the economy. But sweeping and negative statements are not in the interest of the country. The statements being made by some personalities about the economy collapsing are not only incorrect they are also potentially dangerous.”

•Photo shows Okonjo-Iweala.

Source News Express

Posted 11/05/2015 9:51:40 PM

 

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