The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, has appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government in its quest to fix the bad economy it inherited from Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari had been firm and resolute in delivering the change the APC promised in the areas of security, economy, and corruption.
Udoma stated this on Wednesday when he made a presentation to the APC National Working Committee (NWC) at the Party’s National Secretariat on the federal government’s 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
He said that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2017 National Budget were based on the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 elections.
The Minister added that if the ongoing implementation of ERGP by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was anything to go by, the country’s economy will come out of recession in 2017.
He said: “APC promised to bring Change to Nigerians. During the campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to tackle the security challenges, fight corruption and fix the broken economy. Mr. President has remained irrevocably committed to delivering on these three promises.
“The ERGP is a plan for all Nigerians and we need the cooperation of all for its success.
“Particularly, the support of the Party’s hierarchy is required to ensure delivery of the Plan’s objectives starting with the 2017 Budget.
“Implementation of the 2017 Budget will be targeted at a achieving the objectives of the ERGP and delivering on the promises of the APC and of Mr. President.
“It (ERGP) contains bold actions required to tackle the current challenges and build a more resident economy. It is designed to get the economy out of recession unto a path of diversified, sustainable and inclusive growth.”
Speaking earlier, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun in his remarks before the meeting went into a closed-door session, noted that the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) was fundamental in rebuilding and strengthening of the foundation of country, particularly the economy.
“The Plan is fundamental because it is the basis for which the rebuilding and strengthening of the foundation of this nation is going to be based.
“As a party, when we speak on the state of the economy, it must be based on knowledge and fact. With this presentation, we will be able to say three year from now everything being equal, this is where we are likely to be,” he said.