The minister of finance and the coordinating minister for the economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have urged Nigerians not to speak negatively about the economy on the grounds of politics. She said such comments will have its negative impact on the stack market, on the value of the currency and the recovery efforts been made on the economy. She said the Jonathan administration has made great strides in the cement sector where we are a net exporter. She also said we have made achieved much in the Agriculture sector where the prices of food items have significantly reduced. She also reminded Nigerians that the number of internet users has also significantly increased.
She also said the economy under the Jonathan government has performed better than any government before it. She asked what are you to tell the 3900 you winners today who have created over 27,000 new jobs. Also she talked about the mortgage refinancing institution which is making mortgage finances easy for the poor. She also said that they have created the Development Bank of Nigeria in nine months will become fully operational and hopefully the Buhari government will continue to support it so that Small and medium enterprises can borrow and have a period of grace of one and half years. she added that the Jonathan administration has supported the creative industry to produced better films and have employed more young people.
According to Okonjo-Iweala, ‘Despite the economic challenges the country is facing, the Jonathan administration is leaving some significant economic legacies for the incoming Buhari government. So the allegation that the economy is in ruins is absolutely untrue.
‘The significant achievements in several sectors attest to this. We cannot take away the fact that the Jonathan administration in spite of all the challenges caused by the 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 state clean for political reasons. We are not perfect but no one can take away the fact that we are leaving some good legacies behind.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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