NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
FG reaffirms commitment to reduce dependence on oil

By News Express on 15/05/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 316

•Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah
•Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah


The Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, on Saturday addressed the RCCG Region 19 Men’s Conference, themed, The Nigeria Dream Beyond Oil, during which he explained that the thrust of this government’s program is to create the right enabling environment, rebuild market confidence and Address huge infrastructure gap and lower cost of doing business in the country.

The highly attended event had notable speakers in attendance to discuss the way forward for the country’s economy beyond oil. Speakers and topics at the conference include; Mr Opeyemi Agbaje, CEO, Resource and Trust Company (RTC) Advisory Services Ltd, spoke on My Lagos, My Land – the opportunities that are available to individuals and organisations in the state; Mr Tonye Cole, ED. & Co-Founder, Sahara Group, spoke on the future of Energy (Renewable & Non Renewable); Professor Babafunso Sonaiya of department of Animal Science, Obafemi Awolowo University spoke on, Identifying and Harnessing Opportunities in Agro Business; Mr Dipo Davies spoke on Current trends in real estate; Executive Director, (Technical), Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Mr Jide Arowosafe, spoke on Agric Incentives Risk sharing and Mr Kayode Pitan, MD, Bank of Industry spoke on Financing your Business Dreams.

The Minister highlighted some optimism for the economy going forward, according to him, “Initial results are promising: Nigeria is emerging out of recession with attractive projected growth, projected 2.5% growth in GDP for 2018 financial year; Oil production has increased recently, with fewer incidents; International reserves are recovering, 56% increase between December 2016 and 2018, from 25 billion USD to 39 billion USD; and   doing business is getting easier, especially enforcing contracts and issuing construction permits, Ease of Doing Business Ranking move from 169 – 145 between 2017 and 2018.”

He noted government efforts in “Establish valuable trade agreements and facilitate integration into the regional and global value chains; Mechanism and Bills to address dumping in the Nigerian Economy; Implement incentives and sector-specific interventions to attract investment”

Addressing the issues of Enabling Environment and ease of Doing Business, he enumerated efforts to include “Launched web-based feedback mechanism to enhance the delivery of reform initiatives – PEBEC.REPORT, Institutionalising business reforms working with the National Assembly, target passing for H1 – 2018; Translating the national business reforms to the sub-nationals – release of the subnational results slated for June 2018, Implementation of the single window platform for the ports to commence; Airport Concessions and establish valuable trade agreements and facilitate integration into the regional and global value chains.”

He also added that government is working on initiatives that will generate robust opportunities, “deliver model Special Economic Zones SEZs to enhance manufacturing competitiveness, that include Private State-led SEZs, Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ); Government SEZs – Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ) and Kano Free Trade Zone (KFTZ); Greenfield SEZs – Enyimba City, Ibom Industrial City,” he said.

Speaking earlier on the idea behind the conference, the PIC RCCG Region 19, Pastor Brown Oyitso, explained that our over-dependence on oil as our main export has cost our nation dearly.

“A fall in oil prices which resulted from supply glut in 2015 to 2017 has meant low oil sector growth and lower investments in the sector, leading to lower revenues for the Federal Government and fewer funds to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. The slow pace at which the Petroleum Industry Bill is being revived has not helped matters.”

He noted that “The non-oil sector has been struggling to take over the driving seat of the growth of the Nigerian economy in recent years to no avail.”

“With an unemployment rate as high as 18.8%, the Nigerian leadership, both at the Government and at the corporate sectors, need to do something creatively different and quickly too to avert a disaster in the macro and microeconomic sectors of the economy,” He said.

Pastor Oyitso concluded that we need to look beyond oil and stop our dependence on producing hydrocarbons, if we must make any firm and consistent progress. “if Nigeria is to look beyond oil, we need to deliberately do some things differently, these include; Increased Focus on Agriculture and Local Manufacturing, Fiscal Diversification, Ease of Doing Business and Developing a Knowledge-Based Economy,” he Said.

On the way forward for Nigeria, the RCCG Region 19 Men’s Coordinator, Pastor Amos Emovon, noted that to ensure we actualize the collective dream of a new Nigeria that is not dependent on oil, “we must as a matter of urgency: Evolve a Human-Centered economy that is innovation, digital and technology-based like the United Arab Emirates, China and India – Integrating and incorporating compulsory Information Communication Technology programmes in all course of studies starting from primary school.”

“Unleash the power of our large population and endowed human resources to create Africa’s largest technology, innovation and outsourcing hubs with deep skills, specialties and low labour cost to serve the advanced and developed economies;  Articulate a Regional development agenda focused on creating Regional Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and Competitiveness by leveraging a value chain based approach (from inputs to market) in the exploration of dominant natural resources and agriculture products to enhance the economic prosperity of the citizens; Embark on massive infrastructure regeneration in Transportation, Energy and Information Communication Technology sectors to support the recent Ease of Doing Business framework and create an enabling environment for Commerce and Industries to thrive nationwide – with robust linkages between the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and large manufacturing companies. 


Source News Express

Posted 15/05/2018 7:12:06 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
UN pledges support for Nigeria in fight against...

Jealous Airman kills female colleague for allegedly cheating...

Rains likely today across southern states: NiMet

Court restrains lawyer, others from defaming Akpabio

Abuja Airport Manager, Terminal Manager and Head of...

Railways reform critical to economic revival, says Saraki...

USAID, ARFH lauded for partnering Akwa Ibom in...

South-East leaders berate Buhari for excluding region from...

Suspected kidnappers abduct ASUU State Chairman's wife

Amaechi and the resources of Rivers State: Testimony...

CHAN Cracker: Eagles say Tunisia must fall today...

Nigerian pirates kidnap Moroccan crew


Latest News Buhari makes 4 new appointments Killings: Soyinka warns against genocide, asks international community to intervene Reps to issue arrest warrant for embattled NEMA boss over alleged N5.6bn fraud Imo APC crisis: Okorocha, Buhari meet again Lebanese, 16 others arrested over alleged illegal mining deal Buhari to receive 2018 Budget today — Saraki Standard Gauge: Laying of tracks starts fully in Lagos by June — Amaechi CBN injects another $100m into Forex market •Vows to get tough with erring banks Anambra signs N9bn erosion control contract Stanbic IBTC Bank leads in cash management and trade finance African Development Bank delivers strong operational results NiMet predicts cloudy skies, heavy rains on Friday


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,675 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (342,492 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,779 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (225,089 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,423 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (203,126 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (177,231 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,508 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,400 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,742 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (140,222 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,622 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (42) Business & Economy (3,159) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (856) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (498) Features (598) Global Business Monitor (274) International (1,971) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,579) Opinion (969) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,063) Religion (745) Sports (1,517) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Boko Haram commanders surrender


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera