Fidelity Banner Yudala banner advert
Economy to recover in 2017: Buhari

By News Express on 19/12/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 393

President Buhari.
President Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism that the current economic recession will ebb in 2017.

He raised the hopes on Monday in Abuja while declaring open an induction course organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Nigerian Career Ambassadors-designate who were recently cleared by the Senate.

Buhari said: “We are optimistic that the external factors that partly contributed to push our economy into recession will ebb in 2017. Until then, I regret that the resources available to fund our missions abroad will not be as robust as we would like.

“We are working hard to turn around our national economy by effectively reforming our macroeconomic environment through measures, some of which were outlined in my budget speech to the National Assembly last week.”

The President said that the prevailing economic situation has led to a restructuring of Nigerian missions abroad. He told the Ambassadors-designate: “As we are all making great sacrifices at home, we also expect you to similarly make judicious use of the resources put at the disposal of your missions. As Heads of missions, you will be held accountable for the utilisation of all resources under your control. These are lean times, and all of us are expected to do more with less.”

Buhari specifically charged the Ambassadors-designate to change the narrative of Nigeria outside the country by playing up the positive values and outstanding contributions of Nigerians in the global arena.

“I want to emphasise your duty to change the narrative of Nigeria as seen by the outside world. For far too long, we have allowed Nigeria to be defined by others, always emphasiaing our negatives. To the average foreigner, Nigeria evokes 419, terrorism, militancy, communal and religious clashes, insecurity, corruption and all our other faults,” he said.

The President continued: “You have the duty to correct this narrative by taking the initiative to define and portray our country for what it truly is. We are a nation of 180 million vibrant, enterprising, hardworking, hospitable and peaceful people. We are a remarkable nation that has succeeded in harnessing our multiple diversities as strengths such that we are the leading country on the continent. Therefore, you will need to mobilise, sensitise and motivate all your staff so that together you engage with your host governments, the private sector and other segments of the society to explain that Nigeria is much more than the negative image portrayed to them.”

Buhari also enjoined them to leverage on the achievements of Nigerians within the country and in the Diaspora. His words: “Think of people like Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinedu Echeruo, who founded Hotspot application which he sold to Apple for over a billion Dollars; think of Bayo Ogunlesi, who runs over a billion Dollar Infrastructure Fund and is now Adviser to US President-elect; and Jelani Aliyu, an accomplished car designer at General Motors. Indeed, these and other hardworking Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora have never forgotten their roots and have been making significant contributions to their communities back home, and even to our economy through their huge remittances.”

Buhari urged the Ambassadors-designate to sustain the work ethic characterised by the love of country, professionalism, excellence, integrity and honour associated with the “Nigerian diplomatic tradition established in 1957 by the pioneers of the Nigerian Foreign Service, sometimes referred to as the ‘Twelve Apostles’ and also bequeath same to succeeding generations. ”

He also charged the Ambassadors-designate to stress Nigeria’s commitment to international peace and security through contributions “to nearly every UN peacekeeping initiative since 1960 when we achieved our independence. In addition, we are the stabilisers and shock absorbers of West Africa having helped to contain potentially de-stabilising developments in the sub-region.”

Buhari further urged them to always be mindful of the national priorities that “revolve around the economy, security, anti-corruption, good governance, agricultural transformation and infrastructural development, including rail, roads and power” and to use their roles “as Principal Representatives to build meaningful partnerships to attract foreign investments, new skills and technologies.”

He stressed that “as Nigerian Ambassadors, you must set the standard of putting Nigeria first in all your actions. You must show leadership, fairness and justice to all. Discipline, probity, accountability and zero tolerance for corruption must be your watchwords. You are expected to project the best image and traditions of our country in your conduct and all you do.”

Source News Express

Posted 19/12/2016 1:09:14 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
APGA ends PDP’s dominance in Abia House of...

Gunmen abduct President Jonathan’s foster father in daring...

National Council on Works criminalises illegal alteration of...

Boko Haram and a Nation at War, by...

Breaking: ALAMIEYESEIGHA DIES OF HEART ATTACK . ....

Nigerian firm accuses South African coy of $8,000...

North to experience sunny weather condition today, rain/thundery...

Court jails 9 foreigners, 2 Nigerians for illegal...

Buhari, Osinbajo, ministers meet today to discuss 2017...

Boko Haram's plot to use cobblers, livestock as...

Bayelsa seals Shell facility

APC now the fastest-growing party in Africa, declares...

 

Latest News NiMET forecasts hazy and cloudy Tuesday, reduced visibility NASU, SSANU UniAbuja begin one-week warning strike Peterside flays Wike’s attempt to repeal Reserve Fund Law Controller decries high number of ‘Awaiting Trial’ inmates in prisons Car dealers seek reduction of Customs duties, promotion of locally assembled vehicles Jammeh reaches dead end at Gambia’s Supreme Court Youths protest alleged irregularities of shares payment in Rivers N3.98bn water project: Umahi orders contractor back to site Heritage Bank sacks 400 staff Police intercept traffickers with 145 children Niger Delta should have special development status — Osinbajo Bomb scare in Agege but Lagos Govt. says no cause for alarm

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (222,093 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (201,989 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (168,715 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (158,153 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (142,152 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (127,116 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (113,170 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (111,253 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (100,060 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (96,332 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (91,517 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (76,883 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (25) Business (2,406) Business Verdict (14) Columnists (605) Complaints & Requests (81) Enterprise & Opportunities (132) Entertainment (280) Features (355) Global Business Monitor (129) International (1,176) Interviews (111) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (35) News (20,645) Opinion (615) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,475) Religion (459) Sports (1,207) Stock Watch (9) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA banner advert

CBN BVN

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!