Nigeria’s Minister for budget and national planning Zainab Ahmed, has acknowledged that the past presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umar Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan had wonderful economic plans laid out for the country.
However, according to reports on The Cable, Ahmed was quoted as saying that although the three past democratic presidents had very good economic plans, they lacked the will to properly execute them.
Zainab Ahmed made this known while speaking at the second presidential economic communication workshop in Abuja on Thursday, November 3. She said:
“We have had very good plans, from NEEDS, Seven Point Agenda to Transformation Agenda. All of them were good plans, but the political will to implement them was lacking”.
She nevertheless, pointed out that the administration of President Buhari was already making critical moves towards getting the nation out of recession. According to her, one of the ways to make that possible was “growing non-oil exports in the light of the competitive and comparative advantage created by the depreciation of the naira following the introduction of a market effective exchange rate”.
The Minister further revealed that the 2017 appropriation bill was ready but that the budget ministry was waiting to receive the approval of the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) before the proposal would be presented to the national assembly.
“The 2017 budget is ready, but we need the MTEF to be approved so we can make adjustments if there is a need for an adjustment,” she added.
Meanwhile, Chief John OdigieOyegun, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that he will engage in prayer and fasting to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari agrees to contest again.
Oyegun said this in an interview with New Telegraph, adding that the leadership of the APC will go to any length to see to it that president Buhari gets into the 2019 presidential race. He dropped the comment although Buhari has not made any official statement revealing his plans.